Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association earned accreditation from the Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the NMSC and coordinating program partners recognize organizations that exemplify its commitment to preserving economic development and community revitalization.

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”

NMSC Helps Cities reclaim their downtown splendor

In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours. The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association’s performance is annually evaluated by the California Main Street Alliance, 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.

“The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association consists of businesses and citizens dedicated to preservation, restoration and promotion of Downtown Paso Robles,” said President, Margaret Holstine. “Come downtown and meet the friendly merchants who work hard to offer quality goods, personal service and competitive prices. We take pride in our downtown’s vitality so you will have a nice place to shop.”

Revitalization generates public and private investments

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $74.73 billion in new public and private investment generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

By News Staff