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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Longview Main Street Receives 2021 National Main Street Accreditation

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Longview Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 889 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During an incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to drive impressive local recovery efforts, champion small businesses, and foster vibrant downtown districts. I am inspired by their hard work and confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their downtowns flourish in the next stages of recovery.”

In 2020, Main Street America programs generated $4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings, and clocked 983,702 volunteer hours.  

The Longview Main Street program’s performance is annually evaluated by Texas Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“While 2020 was not the year that we ever wanted, it was certainly a successful year for Downtown Longview. We added many new businesses, we saw businesses invest into improving their physical spaces and we saw the community really step up to support our Downtown Community through a variety of ways,” said Melida Heien, Main Street Coordinator. “Our success in downtown is truly a group effort and we are certainly proud of what we have accomplished and excited about what they future has in store for Downtown Longview.” 

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