“Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable.” -V.Crisafulli, Director
Duncan, OK (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
The Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce Main Street Duncan, Inc. is being designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Each year, the National Main Street Center 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 Valecia Crisafulli, acting director of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy 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 the Oklahoma Main Street center, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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.
Main Street Duncan follows the guidelines of the four point approach including Promotions, Business Retention, Organization and Design. The Program hosts the Image Building event, The Boo Review, a Retail event, The Holiday Stroll, a Promotional event, The Christmas Parade and a Fundraising event, Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car and motorcycle show. The Annual banquet is held the 3rd Tuesday in September. The Program turns in a monthly re-investment report to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. A highlight of 2013 has been the addition of the Main Street Duncan Cash Mob, which nets its Retail business members an average of $1,100.00 when mobbed.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National 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 32 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 473,535 net new jobs and 109,693 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 236,418 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.
The Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau congratulates Main Street Duncan, Inc on all their endeavors, endeavors that help make Duncan "The Heart of the Chisholm Trail".