Winona Main Street receives 2015 National Main Street accreditation

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 20, 2015

Winona Main Street reports it 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 in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Minnesota Main Street, a program of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, 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 fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Steve Kovala, Main Street Steering Committee chairman stated that “The Accreditation of the Winona Main Street Program is truly a validation of the hard work from the staff and great volunteers that have come together to make Main Street such a success. This group has accomplished so much in such little time to promote the downtown area, has identified key resources for downtown projects, and continues to bring people and groups together to further the vision for Winona Main Street which is ‘To make Downtown Winona a place where people want to be.’”
Since Winona Main Street’s inception approximately $3.75 million have been reinvested into downtown buildings, more than 1,200 volunteer hours have been donated, and approximately 10,000 people have attended Main Street events.

The Winona Main Street Mission Statement is: “Guided by the Main Street Four Point Approach the Winona Main Street Program is committed to Historic Downtown Winona being the heart of our community and region, a vibrant hub of commerce, arts and culture, recreation and residential life.”

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 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

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