Denham Springs Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street program for meeting the 2013 commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a news release from the Denham Springs Main Street program said.
Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in honor of their commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street four-point approach, the news release said.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Louisiana Main Street office, which works with the National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet 10 performance standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
Established in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities revitalize their older and historic commercial districts, the release said. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods for more than 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 502,728 new jobs and 115,381 new businesses and have rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 for each dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts, the release said.
The Denham Springs mayor and council, in conjunction with the local Main Street Board, has added parks, provides rotating exhibits at the Old City Hall Museum, partners with the Denham Springs Merchants Association on events and provides benches to the village while using Louisiana Main Street’s four-point approach. The Main Street Board consists of local volunteers whose community pride and interest in historical preservation inspires them to improve the old downtown business district and the Denham Springs community, the release said.