National Main Street Accreditation
Quakertown Alive! Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation
and 5-year Keystone Designation
Quakertown Alive! 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 in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®. We congratulate this years nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Centers 10 Standards of Performance, says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character. The organizations performance is annually evaluated by the Pennsylvania Downtown 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 programs 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 fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. Pennsylvanias Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded Quakertown Alive! its five-year Keystone Designation. Businesses within the designated area are now eligible for Neighborhood Assistance Program Enterprise Zone tax credits. Quakertown will also receive priority status for Keystone Communities funding. Receiving the Main Street Accreditation and the Keystone Designation are integral parts of Quakertown Alive!s mission to enhance life in our community through the continuing development of a thriving downtown center. Executive Director and Main Street manager Naomi Naylor remarks, As executive director of Quakertown Alive!, I am honored to receive this accreditation on behalf of our Board, our dedicated committee chairs and members who pursue with a passion our mission and revitalization efforts for our downtown community. 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 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.