BATESVILLE, Ark (KAIT) -A downtown area has received national recognition.
Main Street Batesville has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program.
Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, which is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The program has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years.
Each year the center and its partners recognize programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.
President and CEO of the National Main Street Center Patrice Frey said they were proud to acknowledge this year’s accredited programs.
“These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history,” Frey said. “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.”
In 2018, Main Street America programs generated 4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 new businesses, generated 25,301 additional jobs and restored 8,146 historic buildings.
The performance of Main Street Batesville is evaluated annually to determine if it meets ten national performance standards.
Evaluation requirements are communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts. It also includes standards like strong public-private partnerships, documenting progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
Main Street Batesville is one of 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs.