Cambridge Main Street receives 2019 accreditation

Main Street volunteers with Governor Larry Hogan.

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Main Street has been designated as an accredited 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 partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities.” said Patrice Frey, president & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

The Cambridge Main Street performance is annually evaluated by Department of Housing and Community Development, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

Cambridge Main Street recently celebrated 15 years as an accredited program. The program has initiated several events and programs over the years including Taste of Cambridge, Project Fresh Coat, the Façade Improvement Program, a Building Improvement program, a Business Improvement partnership with SBDC, and numerous promotions and marketing opportunities to help drive interest, investment and foot traffic to the downtown historic commercial district.

“Accreditation is important to show that our efforts are in line with national standards in downtown improvement and historic preservation initiatives. This provides us with a road map that is helping revitalize our communities. One which is transforming communities all over the country” shared Katie Clendaniel, executive director for Cambridge Main Street.

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