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Posted on: May 8, 2019

Main Street Hagerstown Receives National Main Street Accreditation

Main Street Hagerstown 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 partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their outstanding commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.  And for the third consecutive year, Main Street Hagerstown is pleased to be recognized on that short list.

 

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities”, said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center.  “Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”

 

Main Street Hagerstown works in conjunction with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards.  Main Street Hagerstown’s national recognition is a reflection in large part of the dedication of the many local volunteers who have dedicated themselves to consistently exceeding those evaluation benchmarks.  2018 highlights included adding two new downtown events—Sweets on the Street and the Chalk Art Festival, in addition to putting on the Christkindl Markt holiday event for the second straight year.  The program was also responsible for hosting a pair of downtown beautification days and updating the holiday light pole banners.  It also launched the Open for Business campaign to raise public awareness that downtown businesses remain open during the Urban Improvement Project construction.

 

Main Street Hagerstown is proud to have contributed to the sum total of Main Street America programs that were instrumental in generating billions of dollars in local reinvestment, aiding in the opening of thousands of new businesses responsible for creating tens of thousands of new jobs, helping rehabilitate nearly 10,000 historic buildings, and registering over two million volunteer hours just last year. 

 

Main Street Hagerstown is a program of the City Department of Community and Economic Development in partnership with the downtown business community and volunteers.

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