860 Main Street America programs across the nation have earned Accredited status, Main Street America’s top tier of recognition. This exclusive designation signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive community revitalization and a proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach(tm). We also congratulate the 341 programs that have been designated as Main Street America Affiliates this year. These programs are on the pathway to achieving meaningful economic, social, physical and organizational improvements in their downtowns and commercial districts.
Of those communities designated across the nation, 24 are in Oregon as part of the Oregon Main Street Network, the state coordinating program. Oregon Accredited and Affiliate communities include the following:
Alberta District, Portland
In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new jobs were created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.
Statewide, countywide, and citywide Coordinating Programs evaluate, select, and recommend qualifying communities to Main Street America on an annual basis. Communities must meet ten rigorous standards to qualify for Accreditation status. 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. Learn more.
This announcement was originally shared by Oregon Heritage.