Main Street Greeneville Receives National Accreditation

June 25, 2014

Main Street Greeneville 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®.

“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 organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Tennessee Main Street Program, which 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. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

The local program saw thirty-one private reinvestment projects take place within the downtown twelve blocks that make up the Main Street District with $1,496,361.00 being spent combined with 13 public projects for a total of $6,962,061.00 being reinvested into the heart of the community. 45,000 people attended events within the project area throughout the year in addition to the approximately 60,000 annual visitors to the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. The organization’s volunteers donated 7013 hours in support of the various projects a few of which were; Halloween Happenings, Christmas in Downtown A Holiday Celebration, Taste of Greeneville and the Music Off Main concert series. Executive Director, Jann Mirkov states “I am so proud of our board, volunteers and the community for the interest they have shown and the investments they have made to move forward downtown as we create a vibrant place to celebrate our heritage for the present and our future.”

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 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.