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Main Street Laurens Launches Jump Start Program For Businesses

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An idea to revitalize main streets across the Upstate is spreading to even more communities in the area.

Main Street Laurens is launching the Jump Start program to fill up some empty storefronts downtown. The plan is to give 2 businesses up to $2500 dollars in rental assistance for 6 to 12 months as well as in-kind services to help them set up shop.

Jonathan Irick, Executive Director for Main Street Laurens, says he first saw the idea with Spartanburg's Main Street Challenge.

"Now it's kind of taking off, a lot of the smaller communities are taking that as well, that idea and kind of making it to fit their community," Irick explained. "I see the downtown as the heart of our community and if our downtowns are not functioning and not looking good and not being an integral part of our community, then the whole entire community suffers."

Irick explains that they want to stop, "retail leakage" - when people leave Laurens to shop in other places. They hope attracting new stores and restaurants will change.

"The better we are down here, the better our whole community is," Irick explained.

For more information on Main Street Laurens call 864-984-2119
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