Crowley Main Street accredited

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY- Each year, the Main Street Center National Trust and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations which demonstrate the ability to follow the Main Street methodology.

Crowley Main Street has recently been designated as one that has been established as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting the established performance standards,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Main Street Center.

“Rebuilding a district’s economic health and maintaining the 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, which Mrs. Providencia “Rita” Johnson, Main Street Manager of Crowley, has demonstrated,” he added.

The National Trust Main Street Center works in partnership with coordinating Main Street programs throughout the nation, in order to identify the local programs that meet the National Trust’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 strong public private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings. For more information on the National Program accreditation program, visit www.mainstreet.org/nationalprograms.

Crowley Main Street’s performance was evaluated by Louisiana Main Street, which is the coordinating organization for Main Street programs in Louisiana.

“Crowley was awarded Main Street status in July of 1999. In 2001, it was recognized as a National Main Street community and has retained this status ever since,” said Johnson. “I am very proud that we are a state, as well as a national Main Street community and will continue to do everything that is needed plus to retain our status. I thoroughly enjoy the work I do, and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Crowley. I would like to thank the mayor and the board of alderman, the Main Street Board and the community for their support of the program.”

According to statistics from the Louisiana Main Street Reinvestment, the state Main Street office has contributed a total of more than $61,000 toward Crowley’s facade grants awarded to historically significant commercial buildings which are located within the nationally recognized “Downtown Commercial Historic Main Street District. Also, Crowley’s downtown restoration project, which total over $9 million in rehab projects in private investment and $303,700 in public investment, up to this point, includes 53 new businesses and 198 new jobs over the years.

Since 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center has helped hundreds of downtown and neighborhood commercial districts across the nation to reclaim the unique quality of life that only a thriving community center can provide.

Through the Main Street Four Approach for commercial district revitalization, which combines historic preservation and economic development, the center has forged a nationwide movement for the revival of America’s historic and traditional commercial districts. It also provides a nationwide membership network, comprehensive on-site consulting services, in-depth seminars and conferences, technical publications and training materials and national advocacy for commercial districts.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization that is bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history, and the important moments of everyday life took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps to revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and to promote environmental sustainability.

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