Vevay Main Street again earns National accreditation

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Vevay Main Street has been 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 Indiana Main Street, which works in partnership with the National 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.

Vevay Main Street is known for its monthly “First Friday” activities – now in the seventh year – and the more than 100 flower pots that it funds, plants and cares for annually.

In 2012, Vevay Main Street’s Façade and Signage Improvement Program (matching grants) had three grant cycles and approval of five façade and four sign applications.

A total of $12,876 was awarded, with four projects being completed by the end of the year.

For every dollar Vevay Main Street granted, there was $6.70 dollars of investment.

“We’re fortunate to have dedicated board members and volunteers working towards the same goal,” said Vevay Main Street Program Manager Michele Thompson. “In 2012, volunteer hours totaled 1,173 while working on projects and events and most importantly, building consensus and cooperation among community stakeholders.”

In 2005 Vevay Main Street incorporated and was designated an Indiana Main Street Community. Since 2009, Vevay Main Street has been recognized as an accredited National Main Street Program. Vevay Main Street is one of only 18 communities in Indiana with national accreditation. Presently, there are 105 programs in the state.

Vevay Main Street strives to support preservation, beautification and improvement in the Main Street District and throughout Vevay by encouraging volunteers in the community to partner with local government and non-governmental groups to improve Vevay as a place to live and conduct business.

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.