The leaders of various Main Street communities are in town for the next few days as part of a regular training session. Alton Main Street is the host of this event, which is a chance to show off the community and share ideas on how to improve the downtown district. The retreat runs through Friday.

Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany says the event kicked off last night:

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Training sessions will take place in various venues downtown and McGibany will have a chance to be a tour guide on a special trolley tour of the district. Other nearby Main Street towns include Belleville, Mascoutah, Mt. Vernon and Carbondale. There are about 50 Main Street communities in Illinois.

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