TEXARKANA — Main Street Texarkana has been designated as a Main Street America accredited program to meet rigorous performance standards.
Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their outstanding commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street approach, according to a press release.
Main Street Texarkana’s performance is evaluated annually by Main Street Texas and Main Street Arkansas, who work in partnership with Main Street America to identify local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. Texarkana is one of two Main Street communities that operate under two state coordinating programs and the only Main Street program to operate continuously under two state-level programs.
Judging criteria determine communities that develop meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small businesses and local businesses, and actively preserving places, spaces and historic cultural property.
“We are thrilled to once again fulfill the requirements for both state programs and to be recommended for national recognition. Having recently attended the National Main Street Conference in Richmond, Virginia, it was wonderful to see Texarkana announced as recipient of this honor along with Main Street Texas and Main Street Arkansas,” the statement read.
Main Street Texarkana recently awarded over $22,500 in grants to downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. He has also given similar grants to businesses and building owners in Texarkana, Texas, with support from the local Patterson Troike Foundation.
In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and mobilized 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar spent by a Main Street program to support its operations, it generated $19.34 in new investments in Main Street communities.
“We are extremely proud to recognize this year the 863 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts.
“In another incredibly challenging year, these programs have demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to meet the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to boost critical local recovery efforts, support small businesses and fostering vibrant downtown neighborhoods,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of Main Street America.