Main Street Vero Beach Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

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 Main Street Vero Beach Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

 Vero Beach, Florida 5/1/2018 – Main Street Vero Beach 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.

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”

In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.

The Main Street Vero Beach performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national 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, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“Being a Nationally Accredited Main Street is very important for local programs because it shows that we are not only participating at the state and national level, but we are also operating at the standards designed to help local Main Streets be successful”, says Executive Director Katherina Paliwoda. “Being accredited isn’t just about showing a certificate of accomplishment, it shows we are doing our job correctly.”

Main Street Vero Beach is dedicated to enhancing the core of our city, Downtown Vero Beach, by supporting historic preservation efforts, highlighting our local art, and helping our businesses to flourish as an economically revitalized center and tourist destination, while maintaining our small town charm.

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 1,600 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 $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.