Georgetown designated as National Main Street 2017

July 25, 2017 by  

The Main Street Program in the city of Georgetown has been recognized as an official Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center. This means that the city’s program meets rigorous performance standards.

Among other criteria, the center and its partners look for programs that strive to both revitalize the community and drive economic growth in sustainable ways. They also consider how public-private partnerships are built and how an operating budget is secured.

Kim McAuliffe, Downtown Development Manager, said that she was pleased to see the program earn accreditation again. The Georgetown Main Street Program is driven by preservation as well as economic development. Over the last decade, the program has reinvested more than $50m in both public and private projects. In total, 320 new jobs and 40 new businesses have opened in the community.

According to CEO and President of the National Main Street Center Patrice Frey, Main Streets are the heart of communities around the country. By creating public space, supporting housing in downtown areas, and encouraging local businesses to form and thrive, they strengthen communities.

One way that many Main Street areas build their unified feel is through banner printing. Flags on street lights, similar sign designs throughout a community, and banners showing upcoming events can drive public interest, as well as a community image.