Center City recommended for national accreditation

Center City recommended for national accreditation
Center City of Amarillo has been recognized for their progress in carrying out performance standards for a Main Street community and has been recommended for national accreditation. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Center City of Amarillo has been recognized for their progress in carrying out performance standards for a Main Street community and has been recommended for national accreditation.

The Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission recognized Center City for their successful annual progress in carrying out national performance standards, making them one of 68 Main Street programs to be recommended this year.

“Since 1981, many Texas communities have participated in the Main Street network and used its preservation-based framework to generate positive economic gains for the local economies and the state,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “These positive strides happen because of local commitment to prioritize historic downtowns.”

In order to achieve accreditation, local programs have to provide evidence of annual progress under selection criteria, which includes engaged partnership, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic and more.

“This recognition means that Center City meets or exceeds standards set for downtown revitalization programs through Main Street,” said Executive Director of Center City Beth Duke. “The board of directors, our members and our volunteers work hard every day to improve our historic downtown.”

Duke said Center City has documented more than $345 million in reinvestment in Center City since 2007 through the Main Street program.

Local programs will be announced as nationally accredited during the Main Street Street Now conference, which takes place on March 25 through the 27 in Seattle, Washington.

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