MERIDIAN MAIN STREET RECEIVES 2013 NATIONAL MAIN STREET ACCREDITATION
MERIDIAN MAIN STREET RECEIVES
2013 NATIONAL MAIN STREET ACCREDITATION
Meridian, MS May 9, 2013 – Meridian Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program 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 that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four Point Approach® methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards,” says Valecia Crisafulli, acting director of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable.”
The organization’s performance is 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 ten 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 as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings.
During calendar year 2012, downtown Meridian enjoyed significant positive change. Eighteen new businesses were started, one business was expanded and 131 new jobs were created. There was $25 million in public sector investment reported and $6.8 million invested by the private sector. Nearly thirty-eight hundred volunteer hours were recorded. And numerous festivals and promotional events took place downtown including Earth’s Bounty, Meridian Mardi Gras, Downtown – After 5 Alive, the Jimmie Rodgers Festival, State Games of Mississippi Opening Ceremonies, Juneteenth Celebration, 59-Twenty Festival, Children's Candy Crawl, and Merry Meridian including the Merry Meridian Market and Christmas Parade.
Meridian Main Street, is a not for profit public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. Its mission has been defined as: to design, implement, and
oversee a coordinated plan that will revitalize our community’s heart, its downtown. Board president Kenny Watts stated that Meridian Main Street is a contractor to the City to provide management of the City’s Downtown Economic Development and Main Street Programs. “Both the staff and board of directors of Meridian Main Street have worked diligently to provide these services in a high quality, effective manner. Our success in validated by this certification by the National Trust's Main Street Center."
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 last 32 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 473,535 net new jobs and 109,693 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 236,418 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MERIDIAN MAIN STREET EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHN MCCLURE AT 601-693-7480.