National Life Group Recognizes 2016 'Main Streets Across America'

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New Interactive map celebrates streets located at the heart of their communities where people come together to live, work and play

Main Street is more than just an address, it’s a mindset that embraces a strong sense of community based on shared neighborly values. It’s a place where handshakes, smiles and personal greetings still mean something and where promises are made and kept.

National Life Group today announced its 2016 Main Streets Across America, a celebration of streets in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reflect strong ‘main street values’, play a central role in the communities in which they are located and have great stories to tell.

Main Street is an iconic part of American life. Whether it’s named Main Street, Park Avenue, Mountain Road, Ocean Boulevard or something else, it’s a place where businesses, families and individuals come together to support each other, and to live, work and play. It’s the place where people gather to celebrate history and heroes, pass traditions from one generation to the next and build strong and vibrant communities with new perspectives and fresh ideas.

“Main Street is more than just an address, it’s a mindset that embraces a strong sense of community based on shared neighborly values,” said Mehran Assadi, CEO, National Life Group. “It’s a place where handshakes, smiles and personal greetings still mean something and where promises are made and kept. To some, that may sound nostalgic, but at National Life, we believe main street values still exist and we use them to guide everything we do and every decision we make.”

The 2016 Main Streets Across America are featured on an interactive map that celebrates the following streets (listed alphabetically by state):

Alabama - Broad Street, Gadsden
Alaska - West Fourth Avenue, Anchorage
Arizona - Main Street, Mesa
Arkansas - Center Street, Fayetteville
California - Macdonald Avenue, Richmond
Colorado - North Main Street, Pueblo
Connecticut - West Main Street    , Mystic
Delaware - East Main Street, Newark
District of Columbia - 11th Street NW, Washington
Florida - Main Street, Sarasota
Georgia - Main Street, Cedartown
Hawaii - Kailua Road, Kailua
Idaho - Bank Street, Wallace
Illinois - First Street, LaSalle
Indiana - Main Street, Carmel
Iowa - Iowa Avenue, Iowa City
Kansas - South Kansas Avenue    , Topeka
Kentucky - South Main Street, Harrodsburg
Louisiana - Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans
Maine - Main Street, Rockland
Maryland - Patrick Street, Frederick
Massachusetts - Tremont Street, Boston
Michigan - East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor
Minnesota - Central Avenue, Faribault
Mississippi - Main Street, Columbus
Missouri     - South Main Street, Parkville
Montana - Higgins Avenue, Missoula
Nebraska - O Street, Lincoln
Nevada - Idaho Street, Elko
New Hampshire - Congress Street, Portsmouth
New Jersey - Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
New Mexico    North Bullard Street    Silver City
New York - Armory Square, Syracuse
North Carolina - Main Street, Hendersonville
North Dakota - Main Street, Lisbon
Ohio - Main Street, Oberlin
Oklahoma - North Muskogee Avenue, Tahlequah
Oregon - Main Street (Route 7), Baker City
Pennsylvania - Broadway, Jim Thorpe
Rhode Island - Hope Street, Bristol
South Carolina - Main Street, Greenville
South Dakota - Main Street, Deadwood
Tennessee - West Main Street, Franklin
Texas - Denton Downtown Square, Denton
Utah - 25th Street, Ogden
Vermont - Main Street, Montpelier
Virginia - East and West Market Street, Leesburg
Washington - Columbia Street NW, Olympia
West Virginia - East Main Street, Buckhannon
Wisconsin - State Street, Madison
Wyoming - Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne

"We are so excited to see Baker City represented in Main Streets Across America. For over 30 years, the city and community members have invested in the restoration and revitalization of downtown,” said Timothy Bishop, Tourism Director for Baker County Oregon. “Today, Main Street is a vibrant and thriving hub of commercial and civic activity, fueled by local entrepreneurs and cherished by local citizens and visitors alike."

The streets featured in the 2016 Main Streets Across America were selected based on four primary categories of community attributes that reflect strong ‘main street’ values:

1.    Strong local business presence
2.    Community gathering spots and scenic vistas
3.    Celebrations of history and traditions and reflections of civic pride
4.    Diverse social and cultural events and activities

“These Main Streets Across America are a diverse collection of streets from communities of all different sizes, each with its own unique attributes,” said Assadi. “Each one has a great story to tell based on its history, challenges, successes and outlook for the future. We’re pleased to celebrate them on this year’s inaugural list.”

To view the map of the 2016 Main Streets Across America, show support for your favorite main street, share via social media or to suggest a street for next year’s list, go to: https://blog.nationallife.com/main-streets/

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About National Life Group
At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 167 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at NationalLife.com.

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