Greenville, MS – Main Street Greenville has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ 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 extremely proud to recognize this year’s 863 nationally Accredited Main Street America 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 another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown districts.”
In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.
Main Street Greenville’s performance is annually evaluated by the Mississippi Main Street Association which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous 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, supporting small and locally owned businesses, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.
“Main Street Greenville is a vital part of our downtown landscape. The programs and events it administers create a significant impact on our local small businesses and city,” said Douglas Wade, Board President.
Since 1990, Main Street Greenville has invested its resources in downtown historic renovations, design and implementation of downtown green spaces, socio-economic impact projects such as the Delta Hot Tamale Festival, and providing local small businesses with business planning assistance, façade and other improvement grants, and tax abatement programs. In 2021, Main Street Greenville restored over 12,000 square feet of historic building space, reopened 34,472 square feet of unused retail space in the Central Business District, created 13 new jobs, matched $44,500 in grant monies, and reinvested $475,201 into local businesses.
To learn more about Main Street Greenville and its programs, please visit www.MainStreetGreenville.com.