MainStreet Dayton Receives 2017 National Accreditation

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Art Crafters on Market Street is one of the many art centric shops in MainStreet Dayton (photo:ElmerHarris/RheaReview)

Dayton, Tennessee (August 2017) — MainStreet Dayton 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®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the country, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Tennessee Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

MainStreet Dayton continued with its ongoing Downtown Dayton commercial district revitalization efforts in 2016, with accomplishments in all areas of the MainStreet Four Point Approach: Organization, Promotions, Design, and Economic Vitality, striving to fulfill its mission: “To provide a cohesive vision and action plan for sustainability and future growth of businesses and preserve the historic heritage of Dayton.”

“Partnering with both public and private organizations and individuals, MainStreet Dayton assisted with over $300,000 invested in building rehabilitation and public improvement projects this past year, including building a brand new Farmer’s Market Pavilion,” says MainStreet Dayton Executive Director Rachel Marshall.

“We also welcomed four new businesses into the downtown commercial district in 2016, who have joined in helping to make our downtown a delightful destination for shopping, dining, and enjoying. MainStreet Dayton sponsored several events held throughout the year, as well as an increase in advertising efforts for the downtown merchants, which has continued to promote our downtown as a unique, historical, and interesting place to visit, shop, dine, and enjoy all the various experiences that are exclusive to Downtown Dayton! MainStreet Dayton has also benefitted from the time and efforts of many volunteers that help make our program a success. ”

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 1,000 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 $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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