Press release submitted by Katherine Schutte|
Main Street Orion receives 2012 National Trust Main Street accreditation
Orion, Illinois – April 24, 2012 – Main Street Orion has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center®. Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.
"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards," says Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. "Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the recession head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable."
The organization's performance is annually evaluated by Illinois Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Trust Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program's application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress, and preserving historic buildings. For more information on the national program accreditation program, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/the-programs/national-programs.html.
The accreditation of Main Street Orion is a fantastic achievement for Main Street Orion. This reinforces our credibility as a dedicated organization which helps not only citizens, but also businesses of Orion. As a non-profit agency, we account for every dollar in our budget; this honor also addresses that process—Main Street Orion is a reliable, well-run, and responsible organization which people can feel comfortable contributing time, talent, and funds to as MSO continues to support the community. ~ Kevin R. Roberts ~ President, MSO
Main Street Orion program is a non-profit, volunteer-based state of Illinois program connected with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency which encourages renovation of community buildings, development of new business growth, and creation of a positive hometown image through community-oriented activities. The mission of Main Street Orion, an organization beneficial to residents, businesses, and local government, is to preserve the identity of our home town. Main Street Orion recognizes and promotes the historic identity of the town through preservation, creating a positive environment in which to shop, play, invest, and live.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America's historic places to enrich our future. www.PreservationNation.org.
Established in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center® helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 30 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $53.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 448,835 net new jobs and 104,961 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 229,164 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.
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