Main Street Hanford Receives 2017 National Main Street AccreditationJun 22, 2017 03:00PM ● By Enjoy Magazine
Main Street Hanford 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®.
“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by California Main Street Alliance which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
Main Street Hanford is the leader and coordinator for the continued revitalization of downtown Hanford. The downtown district includes over 300 businesses with an incredible variety of respectfully restored historic buildings, locally owned retail shops, unique restaurants, and a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere. “This past year has been an exciting year in downtown Hanford,” said Shelly Johnson, Executive Director. “We’ve seen new businesses open and an increase of private reinvestment in the downtown area. We are excited to see what the future holds for the heart of our city!”
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 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.