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Cedar Falls gets Main Street designation

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)---Community Main Street has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.  Each year, the National Trust and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations that have demonstrated their ability to follow the Main Street methodology.
 
The National Trust Main Street Center works in partnership with Coordinating Main Street Programs throughout the nation to identify the local programs that meet the National Trust's 10 basic 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 determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operation budget, tracking economic progress, and preserving historic buildings.  

The organization's performance was evaluated by Main Street Iowa, which is the coordinating organization for Main Street programs in Iowa.  
 
Since 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center has helped hundreds of downtowns and neighborhood commercials districts across the nation reclaim the unique quality of life that only a thriving community center can provide.  Through the Main Street Four-Point Approach to commercial district revitalization, which combines historic preservation and economic development, the Center has forged a nationwide movement for the revival of American's historic and traditional commercial districts.  The Center provides a nationwide membership network, comprehensive on-site consulting services, in-depth seminars and conferences, technical publications and training materials, and national advocacy or commercial districts.  
 
During the past year, Community Main Street has coordinated the efforts of many volunteers in sponsoring events such as ARTapalooza, Holiday Hoopla, Girls' Night Out, Movie Under the Moon and many others.  The volunteer committees of Community Main Street offer a range of business services including seminars, design assistance and collaborative marketing. The goal of the Community Main Street program is to promote economic vitality in the context of historic preservation, and most importantly, create an environment "Where Good Friends Meet!"  The accreditation process indicates programmatic excellence and compliance with national standards for Main Street development.  Beyond annual accreditation, Cedar Falls' Main Street has the honor of being named a "2010 Distinctive Destination" and a "Great American Main Street," which are elite distinctions connoting a high quality tourism and revitalization efforts. Through community involvement and dedicated volunteers both awards are an honor for Cedar Falls, and bode well for further economic development in a sustainable context.

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