Main Street Fayetteville 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 Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”
In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.
Main Street Fayetteville’s performance is annually evaluated by 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.
“Main Street Fayetteville is excited to receive their annual accreditation, as it sows the commitment of the board members, staff, and volunteers to preserving and enhancing the jewel that is Downtown Fayetteville,” said Downtown Development Director Brian Wismer. “An extraordinary amount of preparation and planning goes on behind the scenes of ever event and initiative that people enjoy in our downtown, and we’re pleased that the community responds so favorably.
“Business activity in Fayetteville’s historic district has been substantial as well, with over $5.5 million in public and private investment in building construction, rehabs and infrastructure reported in 2017,” Wismer said.