Main Street Medina accredited again

February 26, 2014 by  

Main Street Medina, an organization that promotes and develops Medina’s historic district, and organizes such events as the International Fest and the Candlelight Walk held at Christmastime, has won accreditation again.

The city has met 10 criteria in order to attain accreditation at both the national and state levels. Accreditation is awarded by an organization called National Main Street Center, Inc. (NMSC), which is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The NMSC focuses on revitalizing commercial downtowns throughout the nation, based on preserving them at the same time.

The Main Street program has been in effect for the past 33 years, and has resulted in investment amounting to $54bn, together with the creation of approximately 450,000 jobs and the rehabilitation of 229,000 or more buildings.

NMSC is determined to continue this successful trend by making resources and research available to current Main Street programs, and reaching out to those communities that are not part of the Main Street program at this time.

The NMSC reviewed Medina’s program on January 23, and Jeff Siegler, Heritage Ohio, Inc.’s director of downtown revitalization, praised Medina’s efforts, and noted in particular the commitment of the city’s residents to the efforts to improve the downtown.

Medina officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents, explaining the Main Street program and how they can get involved.