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4/26/2019 11:45:00 AM
Area Towns Receive Main Street Accreditation

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Forty-six North Carolina communities have been accredited Main Street America programs for 2019, the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Thursday (April 25th). Among them are Cherryville, Shelby, Hickory and Belmont.

Each year, the national group and NC Department of Commerce’s Main Street & Rural Planning Center recognize communities demonstrating exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street approach.

“The Main Street & Rural Planning Center builds capacity in our rural and small-town communities,” said Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland. “These nationally-accredited communities work closely with the community development experts in the Department of Commerce to create vibrant downtowns that attract investment and create jobs.”

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Each community’s performance is annually evaluated by the North Carolina Main Street staff in partnership with the National Main Street Center. The staff identifies the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine 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.

According to the Department of Commerce, in fiscal year 2018, North Carolina Main Street programs generated $222 million in local public and private reinvestment, helped open 247 net new businesses, generated 1,288 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 255 buildings and 372 façade improvements.

Lincolnton was a member of North Carolina's Main Street program for many years but decided last year that the cost of belonging coupled with requirements for staffing wasn't worth the money.

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