Noblesville Main Street 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 828 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 county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Indiana Main Street and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, 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.
“This honor, for the third consecutive year speaks volumes about our board of directors, executive committee and their dedication to ensure we are operating efficiently under the guidelines established by our state and national organizations,” said Chris Owens, chief executive officer of Noblesville Main Street. “We will continue to pursue this achievement annually while we now focus on a larger 3 to 5 year strategic plan, as well as the Community Campaign fundraiser that is currently underway to secure funding for the remainder of our 2017 events in Downtown Noblesville.”
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. Noblesville Main Street is committed to this concept and the national accreditation is recognition for this local organization’s commitment to our community.