Mainstreet Shelbyville 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 partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™
“We are proud to acknowledge thisyear’s 840nationallyaccredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,”said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history.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 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.
Mainstreet Shelbyville’s performance is annually evaluated by the Indiana Main Street Programwhich 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.
Mainstreet Shelbyville is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the residents of our community by revitalizing and ensuring the long-term stability of downtown as a business district while enhancing its historic integrity. Since it’s incorporation in 1999, Mainstreet Shelbyville has made amazing strides in the economic vitality and historic preservation of downtown Shelbyville. The entire organization is excited about the progress that has been made and theyare also very encouraged by the futureplans for the historic downtown.The success of the program isdue to great efforts in grant programs, small business support, and a full season of community events in the Downtown Shelbyville. The 2019 National Main Street accreditation is very rewarding for Mainstreet Shelbyville and continues to encourage their dedication to the historic downtown.
ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA
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 $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated640,017 net new jobs and 143,613net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings.Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.