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Brevard Gains 'Main Street' Accreditation - Brevard NC

 


The City of Brevard is one of 20 North Carolina communities that have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center 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, which have demonstrated “exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.”

The announcement was made by the N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development.

As well as Brevard, the following other municipalities have earned accreditation for their 2013 performance: Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Marion, Monroe, Morganton, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville and Wilson.

“The Heart of Brevard (HOB) has chosen to work with the National Main Street program model to help us make downtown Brevard a more vibrant area,” said Heath Seymour, the HOB’s executive director. “They have a proven system that works for towns like Brevard, and we are happy to achieve this status. “There are other towns across the country working within the Main Street program, and even if they are not nationally accredited, you can usually tell which towns have been involved in this program, and which have not.

“The Main Street program has been very successful at helping to improve downtown areas all across the country, all while helping to preserve the historic character of each town.”

Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Office of Urban Development, said the accredited Main Street programs have “worked diligently to meet the standards.”

“Local Main Street programs across our state work every day to bring jobs and businesses to their downtowns, which strengthens the overall economy of their communities and, in turn, that of North Carolina as a whole,” she said.

The North Carolina Main Street Center evaluates each of the state’s Main Street organizations annually to identify those 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 determine 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.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts.

Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the past 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment.

Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses and have rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.