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February 6, 2013

Main Street program commended

Corsicana — Corsicana received a commendations from the Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission last week at a winter gathering of Main Street managers.

The Main Street program is a revitalization program for historic downtowns throughout the county. It’s been in Texas since 1981, and Corsicana has been a part of it since the 1980s. Being commended means that the local department is achieving its goals of helping the downtown business district and preserving the area as an important part of the community.

“It’s something we strive to achieve every year,” said City Manager Connie Standridge. “We’re very pleased.

“I think it demonstrates that our Main Street program is functioning as it was intended to function, and that the program overall is accomplishing what we would expect to accomplish.”

Sixty-seven designated Main Street programs in Texas were recognized. These cities will be further recognized as Nationally Accredited by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, at the National Main Street conference in New Orleans in April.

“It really is a notable accomplishment to be recognized in this way, especially for those programs that do it year after year,” said Debra Farst, TMSP state coordinator. “Incremental progress that leads to comprehensive success is at the core of the preservation-based Main Street model and that is exactly what these programs are showing. This process respects the unique nature of each Main Street community. Each program is recognized for their own local effort. They are truly real places telling real stories.”

Corsicana has gotten the commendation for the last two years, as well.

“We were pleased that the scoring of our annual report showed significant improvement over last year,” said Corsicana Main Street Director Steve Dieterichs, noting an 11 percent score increase. “This news tracks with the doubling of capital reinvestment downtown from 2011 to 2012, and the 2 to1 business openings to closings ratio we saw in 2012, and it speaks to the tremendous dedication and hard work of our volunteers and stakeholders.”

Accredited programs show above average performance in ten categories on an annual report. Selection criteria focus on planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer effort, preservation ethic, training and program assessment through reporting. The state office also works with programs throughout the year by providing various services based upon local needs.

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