by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that Waynesville was one of 20 North Carolina communities to achieve accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Working in partnership with the National Main Street Center, the North Carolina Main Street Center evaluates each of the state’s local Main Street organizations annually to identify those programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.