Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Main Street Greenville Receives National Main Street Accreditation

A group of Main Street Greenville staff, board members, and volunteers
take part in a project to spread the word about the importance
of historic preservation. 
Main Street Greenville has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the country, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

Main Street Greenville’s performance is annually evaluated by Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Greenville became a member of the Main Street program in 2003, and since continues to revitalize the historic downtown and commercial enterprise district. The designation as a nationally accredited Main Street program is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Main Street Greenville Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.

“The preserved and active downtown that Greenville offers is something many communities strive to achieve,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “A dynamic downtown is an incredible tool for economic development as it encourages residents to shop locally and invites a strong workforce. Creating a district that inspires a sense of local pride and community is central to the work of Main Street Greenville and is integral to the future of the city.”

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.MainStreetGreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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