Tyler Retains National Main Street Status
The City of Tyler’s Main Street Department has been reaccredited as a 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®.
“Once again, we are thrilled to recognize this year’s nationally accredited Main Street America communities for their outstanding work,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “We are experiencing an exciting era for America’s cities and towns with a growing recognition of the importance of strong local enterprise, distinctive character, engaged residents, and sense of place. These are things that Main Street America programs have been working to protect and advance for years, strengthening the economic, social, and cultural fabric of communities across the country.”
The City of Tyler’s Main Street Department’s performance is annually evaluated by the Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. Evaluation criteria identifies the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
“This accreditation means a great deal to us,” said Main Street department leader Beverly Abell. “It is a scored measure of how well we, staff and volunteers, are managing the structure that facilitates downtown revitalization. The process not only gives us a score, but also feedback on areas that need improvement in the coming year.”
The City of Tyler Main Street Department works hand-in-hand with the non-profit Heart of Tyler organization to foster downtown revitalization. Tyler became part of the Main Street program in 1990.