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April 3rd, 2008
San Marcos Main Street Wins 2008 Accreditation

By Melissa Millecam

The San Marcos Main Street Program has been accredited as a 2008 National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

The San Marcos Main Street Program joins over 675 other revitalization programs being recognized as 2008 National Main Street Programs. Each year, the National Trust Main Street Center and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited National Main Street Programs around the country that have demonstrated their ability to follow the Main Street methodology.

“We congratulate this year’s accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting our established performance standards,” says Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “Rebuilding a district’s economic health and maintaining that success requires broad-based community involvement and support, in addition to establishing a solid organization with sound management that is committed to long-term success.”

San Marcos received official Main Street Designation from the Texas Historical Commission in 1986, after starting the program in 1984 as a self-initiated project. The San Marcos Main Street Program is a program of the City of San Marcos and follows the guidelines of the Texas Main Street Center and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“The Main Street Program is designed to capitalize on the unique character of the downtown commercial district,” said Kelly Franks, Main Street Manager.

Main Street has a 15-member advisory board appointed by the City Council, chaired this year by Mathew Golding. Other board members include Mark Gonzales, vice chair,  Bill Blocker, Gaylord Bose, Ed Cable, Molly Ann Garcia, William Hayslip, Rick Henderson, Sandy Irvin, Ralph Meyer, Kyle Reese, Bob Sappington, Steve Searle, Allen Shy and Ruth Welborn

Since 1984 nearly $48 million in private and public funds have been invested in downtown San Marcos in building rehabilitation, new structures and building purchases.

The Main Street Program has been managed by Franks since 1988, assisted by Barb Payne, Main Street Coordinator.

The National Trust Main Street Center works in partnership with the Texas Historic Commission’s Main Street state office to identify the local programs that meet the National Trust Main Street Center’s ten basic 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.

Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress, and preserving historic buildings. For more information on the National Main Street Program accreditation, visit www.mainstreet.org/nationalprograms <http://www.mainstreet.org/nationalprograms> .

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