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Garner Celebrates Main Street Program Anniversary and National Accreditation

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July 25, 2014
Garner’s Main Street Program, managed by the Garner Revitalization Association (GRA), announced today that it has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®. This is the fourth consecutive year the Garner has received this accreditation.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”
The accreditation was presented at the July 22, 2014 Town Council meeting by Teresa Watts, Assistant Director of the North Carolina Main Street Center. A program of the NC Department of Commerce Office of Urban Development, the NC Main Street Center works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization.
GRA also released its 2013-2014 Main Street Program Report, including a 5-year summary of the local program’s economic impact on Garner. Since joining the Main Street Program in 2009, Garner’s downtown district has seen public investments of over $2.5 million and private investments totaling over $1.6 million. Other impacts of the program include 41 net new jobs created, 9 net new businesses opened, 7 buildings renovated and 4 facades improved. During the past five years, volunteers have contributed over 1,020 hours to the program valued at $23,782. Click here to read the full report.


John Hodges, Executive Director
downtowngarner@nc.rr.com, (919) 773-4402