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Vidalia Mainstreet Gains National Accreditation
Monday, 18 August 2014

August 18--  The Downtown Vidalia “Main Street” Association 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. 

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by DCA Office of Downtown Development, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards.

Vidalia Main Street President Ross Kelly said the main goal of economic redevelopment is revitalizing and improving the economic well-being of Vidalia through the efforts of local and state leaders and the Downtown Vidalia Association to create and retain job while improving quality of life and increasing the tax base.

ImagePaula Toole, Main Street Director adds, she is very excited about Vidalia’s progress and the unique historic district we all enjoy.  Our Main Street program makes a statement, including all small cities that comply with 10 point criteria, as a Georgia Classic Main Street City. 

Most recently, thanks to Mayor Ronnie Dixon and City Council for the vision of our City Park Amphitheater and the upcoming renovation project that will connect our historic district and provide pedestrian friendly access from the North to the South sides.

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.


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