Greenwood, Cleveland earn National Main Street accreditations

Greenwood main streetSpecial to the MBJ

Main Street Greenwood and Team Cleveland Main Street have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.

team cleveland ms“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”

The organizations’ performances are annually evaluated by The Mississippi Main Street Association which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

In the past year, Main Street Greenwood has completed seven façade projects, helped in the establishment of five new downtown businesses, and created two new downtown events while bringing home two Mississippi Main Street Awards.

“National accreditation confirms that we, at Main Street Greenwood are carrying out integral preservation work, which is both vital and necessary to downtown Greenwood’s revitalization. Our community needs to understand that downtown Greenwood is an active part of preservation work at the local, state and national levels and this is made possible through Main Street Greenwood,” said Brantley Snipes, Executive Director Main Street Greenwood.

 

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