Wilson earns 2013 National Main Street Accreditation

Friday, May 17, 2013

The National Main Street Center has honored Historic Downtown Wilson for its efforts to revitalize and restore historic properties.
The center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has given Wilson 2013 National Main Street Accreditation. This means our city has met the center’s performance standards for revitalizing the downtown commercial district, strengthening the local economy and protecting historic buildings.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards,” said Valecia Crisafulli, acting director of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable.”
Downtown Wilson Manager Kimberly Van Dyk said, “I am extremely proud of this community and our commitment and dedication to the downtown development effort.”
She continued, “Clearly the fruits of our labor are evident in the high profile, quality projects we are accomplishing such as the Nash Street Lofts, the number of new business starts, successful special events and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Project. We are at the tipping point of big things in Historic Downtown Wilson!”
The National Main Street Center measures local programs by 10 performance standards. These include standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 32 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 473,535 net new jobs and 109,693 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 236,418 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.