The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development this month named downtown Towson a Main Street affiliate, a program that strengthens local revitalization efforts with grants and technical assistance.

Main Street Affiliate program was established in 2016 to help smaller towns produce economic development strategies.

The affiliate program complements the state’s competitive Main Street Maryland program, which provides exclusive tax incentives and grants to the communities that have demonstrated a commitment to revitalizing their downtown districts.

The downtown revitalization program, created in 1998, is meant to transform communities, celebrate historic character and revitalize local economies, according to a news release.

Being an affiliate can be the first step in achieving a Main Street designation. Towson is the first Baltimore County town to be a Main Street affiliate, the Towson Chamber of Commerce said in a release.

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