Nacogdoches Main Street Program Receives 2024 Main Street America Accreditation

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Nacogdoches, TX 6/27/2024 – Nacogdoches Main Street Program has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ Program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited Programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. 

The Nacogdoches Main Street Program’s performance is annually evaluated by the Texas Main Street Program, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet Main Street America’s national performance standards. To achieve Accreditation status, Nacogdoches had to meet a set of rigorous standards that include commitments to building downtown revitalization programs, fostering strong public-private partnerships, nurturing economic opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets. 

“I am very proud that Nacogdoches Main Street was recognized as an Accredited Main Street America Program”, said Mayor Randy Johnson. “Nacogdoches’ dedication to the continued historic preservation and economic growth of downtown is a group effort and I am proud to see the hard work pay off.” 

In 2023, Main Street America Programs generated $5.6 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,630 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 35,162 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,556 historic buildings, and leveraged 1.6 million volunteer hours. 

“It is rewarding to have the hard work of our Main Street Advisory Board, downtown volunteers, property and business owners and the City of Nacogdoches celebrated,” says Tori Huddleston, Main Street Manager. “We have an amazing downtown and being recognized for all of our hard work by Main Street America is something we can all be proud of.” 

The Nacogdoches Main Street Program strives to make Downtown Nacogdoches a year-round destination where locals and visitors experience the heart of our community rich with history, commerce, entertainment and cultural opportunities. In 2023, the Nacogdoches Main Street program saw several new businesses open downtown and the Main Street Advisory Board was able to grant more $8,000 in beautification grants to downtown businesses. The Nacogdoches

Main Street Program hosts the Wine Swirl every year to raise funds for Beautification Grants, Holiday decor, mural support and other downtown events. 

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have generated more than $101.58 billion in new public and private investment, generated 168,693 net new businesses and 746,897 net new jobs, rehabilitated more than 325,119 buildings, and levered over 33.7 million volunteer hours. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org. 

2024 Main Street Advisory Board Members pictured below: 

Brandon Rowell, Danielle LaBauve, Antonia Sanchez, Janie Huggins, Hollie Atherton and Bret Arrant.

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