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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

Main Street Norwalk program re-certified by Heritage Ohio

The Main Street Norwalk Program has been re-certified by Heritage Ohio as both an accredited Ohio Main Street Community and a National Main Street Community. A representative from Heritage Ohio met with Main Street Norwalk's board of directors and Program Manager Dave Gulden March 19.

After a day-long review of Main Street Norwalk's operations and 2006 accomplishments, re-certification for 2007 was approved. Norwalk stands out among Ohio communities because only 20 Main Street programs were re-certified this year out of the 29 eligible communities. "This successful evaluation proves that Main Street Norwalk hit its goals in the past, and we are poised for continued success," Gulden said.

"This is a testimony to a renewed can-do attitude from a passionate and dedicated Main Street board, committee directors, and volunteers," said Jim Marchyshyn, President of Main Street Norwalk. "Dave and his team have hit the ground running and the future holds many good things for Main Street Norwalk. As always, we are looking for new people and ideas to help us build our future."

Main Street Norwalk is a program of the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Its mission is to improve, preserve and promote the central business district of Norwalk as a commercial, cultural and social center for Norwalk and Huron County.

Software watchdog offers rewards for reporting piracy

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering northern Ohio residents cash rewards of up to $200,000 for software piracy reports.

Last year, Ohio companies settled with BSA for $465,370, the second largest state total in the country. Since BSA's U.S. settlement program launched in 1993, Ohio businesses have paid more than $5 million in penalties for unlicensed software use. Other top states for significant settlements include Florida, Texas and California.

The BSA Rewards program encourages individuals with detailed information about software piracy in the workplace to come forward and report the infringement(s). Since the launch of the Rewards program in August 2005, BSA has received nearly 3,000 piracy leads.

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