Vevay Main Street gains National status

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The Vevay Main Street program has been notified that it has been accredited as a 2009 National Main Street Program.

The local organization received the news last week from Doug Loescher, Director of the National Trust Main Street Center in Washington, D.C. He informed the group that it will be receiving its official certificate later this month, and congratulated them on their achievement.

In his letter, Doug Loescher said that the National organization had evaluated the Vevay Main Street performance as a part of Indiana Main Street during 2008; and that evaluation had led to the national designation.

To earn national accreditation, Vevay Main Street had to meet 10 standards of performance:

– Have broad-based community support for the commercial district revitalization process, with strong support from both the public and private sectors.

– Develop vision and mission statements relevant to community conditions and to the local Main Street program’s organizational stage.

– Have a comprehensive Main Street work plan.

– Possess and exhibit an historic preservation ethic.

– Have an active board of directors and committees.

– Have an adequate operating budget.

– Have a paid professional program manger.

– Conduct a program of ongoing training for staff and volunteers.

– Report key statistics.

– Have current membership in the National Main Street Network membership program.

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Vevay Main Street in involved in many downtown beautification and revitalization efforts; including the planting and maintenance of the large flower pots located around the downtown district.

The next meeting of Vevay Main Street will be held today (Thursday) at 9:30 a.m. at the Firewood Corporation Building on East Pike Street. Anyone interested in being a part of the Main Street group; or who would like more information on local efforts, is welcome to attend.