St. Cloud Main Street Receives Accreditation
St. Cloud 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.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”
In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.
St. Cloud Main Street's performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
"We are pleased to represent the city of St. Cloud and its community," stated Executive Director, Paula Stark. "Our significant focus on Historic Preservation with economic development specifically in the past four years is really starting to resonate. With the recent approval of the historic ordinance, which included creating a historic district, is a huge step in the direction of preserving our history and utilizing that significance in economic tools. The historic marker program has also added extra attention to the history in our downtown with markets installed at the VFW, Chamber of Commerce, GAR, Veteran's Memorial Library/Woman's Club and soon to be installed at the Hunter Arms Hotel. The Board of Directors work hard through the Four Point Approach established committees to affect multiple projects and events to support the success of downtown." Stark said.
Since the inception of our local Main Street program we have contributed value in excess of $4,380,137 in grants, marketing, events, projects and most importantly; 130,795 volunteer hours alone represent 2,308,966 value which shows the commitment of leaders and residents who value giving back to our town.
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 1,600 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 $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.