Twenty-three Louisiana main street communities have been designated as 2020 Accredited Main Street America programs.
The Lieutenant Governor's Office and Louisiana Main Street made the announcement on Monday, June 29.
The status, according to a release, is the top tier recognition and demonstrates a programs commitment to revitalization and implementation of the "Main Street Approach."
Louisiana's nationally-accredited Main Street America programs for 2020 include seven Acadiana Main Streets.
- Abbeville Main Street
- Crowley Main Street
- Denham Springs Main Street
- DeRidder Main Street
- Donaldsonville Downtown Development District
- Franklin Main Street
- Hammond Downtown Development District
- Main Street Homer
- Houma Downtown Development Corporation
- Leesville Main Street
- Minden Main Street
- Main Street Monroe
- Morgan City Main Street
- Natchitoches Main Street
- New Iberia Main Street
- Opelousas Main Street
- Ruston Main Street
- Olde Towne Slidell Main Street
- Springhill Main Street
- St. Francisville Main Street
- St. Martinville Main Street
- Thibodaux Main Street
- Winnsboro Main Street
"As we move down the road to recovery, programs like Main Street America and the Louisiana Main Street Network will be needed now more than ever. Our small business owners are the heartbeat of our Main Street communities. They give the community its sense of place and character and provide the uniqueness that sets one community apart from another," said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser in a release. "It's an honor to be able to recognize these 23 Louisiana Main Street programs who are working diligently to revitalize their communities and remain Louisiana Strong."
According to the lieutenant governor's office, overall, Louisiana's Main Street communities have seen the following:
- $956 million in Total Investment
- $460 million in Private Investment
- $496 million in New Construction and Rehabilitation
- 9,600+ Net New Jobs
- 2,000+ Net New Businesses
- 171,000+ Volunteers since 2004
Each Louisiana main street program's performance is evaluated annually.
Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings, according to a release.
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