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    Main Street Chillicothe Recieves Accreditation

    by Ben White, Director 25. March 2014 16:08

    Attaining Accreditation from the National Main Street Program gives Main Street Chillicothe bragging rights among Missouri communities. This is the highest level of recognition a community can receive through the Missouri Main Street Connection and it confers the honor of both national and state accreditation.
    To receive National and State Accredited status a community must reach the Main Street criteria standards each year and must have successfully completed the services provided by MMSC to the Selected Level Communities.
    Offering congratulations to Main Street Chillicothe for this achievement were Gayla Roten, state director of MMSC, and Norma Ramírez de Miess, senior program officer of the National Trust Main Street Center.
    “We are pleased to see how Main Street Chillicothe has proactively addressed planning, built partnerships with the city and other civic groups, and continued to expand its leadership base to be an effective instrument for implementing a comprehensive revitalization strategy,” Miess said.
    The Missouri Main Street Program’s purpose is to create vibrant communities across the state. This effort is based on numerous recent studies showing that empowering individuals to develop their downtown motivates high achievement, where people will want to live, work and invest, making our state economically stronger.
    The goal of the Main Street Center and Missouri Main Street program is to encourage preservation-based economic development through the Four-Point Approach:
    Organization:  Working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program
    Promotion: Creating a positive image of the commercial district and encouraging consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district.
    Design: Putting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets, such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets is just part of the story.
    Economic Restructuring: Strengthening the community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base.
    Missouri Main Street Connection provides communities with the tools needed to develop into thriving downtowns.
    “These tools can be used to create jobs and build a sense of place that not only provides for current Missouri residents, but makes our communities more attractive to new residents and generations to come,” said Roten.
    Communities selected for the accreditation review are evaluated using the annual evaluation process and accreditation criteria intended to assist each community in performing up to national accreditation standards, as prescribed by the National Main Street Center. Though it is a critical moment for a Missouri Main Street community to become Accredited, it is equally important for the community to maintain the Accreditation status once it has been earned.
    Missouri Main Street’s mission is to enhance the social, cultural and environmental well being of historic downtown business districts located in Missouri’s diverse cities and towns, through education using the Main Street Four Point Approach to Revitalization, as developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The mission is based on the principle that America’s historic commercial districts are a valuable asset that is worth preserving, and that they can contribute to the total economic vitality of their communities.


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