Main Street Newnan receives 2019 National Main Street Accreditation
From Main Street Newnan press release
Main Street Newnan has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.
Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™
“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”
In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.
Main Street Newnan’s performance is annually evaluated by the Georgia Main Street program with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. 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.
“Downtown Newnan was a busy district in 2018! An estimated 901,912 visitors attended 583 events, leveraging 1,145 volunteer hours,” said Courtney Harcourt, Main Street manager. “We accounted for 33 new businesses that opened in 2019, creating 81 new jobs, and an estimated $2,703,777 worth of investment into the built environment.”
“Main Street Newnan launched a new pedestrian program in 2018, known as ‘Share with Care,’ and we embraced a Placemaking Master Plan for the district. We encourage the community to visit mainstreetnewnan.com for information about our events and becoming engaged with our downtown program.”