For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Smith
Bedford, VA (June 21, 2016) – Bedford Main Street 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®.
“Once again, we are thrilled to recognize this year’s nationally accredited Main Street America communities for their outstanding work,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “We are experiencing an exciting era for America’s cities and towns, with a growing recognition of the importance of strong local enterprise, distinctive character, engaged residents, and sense of place. These are things that Main Street America programs have been working to protect and advance for years, strengthening the economic, social, and cultural fabric of communities across the country.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Virginia Main Street and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards.
“Bedford Main Street is proud to be a part of a national movement to help create places where people want to spend their time,” says Sara Smith, Executive Director of Bedford Main Street. “We value and appreciate the commitment our community has made with us to revitalize and renew our historic Centertown district, and we look forward to continued success and greater achievement in the future.”
Bedford has been a designated Main Street Community since 1985. Bedford Main Street works to re-energize economic development of our Centertown district while utilizing our cultural assets and character. This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring our Main Street community back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach © program uses design, promotion, economic vitality and organization to reach our goal to help us all build a better community.
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 $65.6 billion in new public and private investment, generated 556,960 net new jobs and 126,476 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 260,000 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.