WAYNE – A handful of Nebraska communities have achieved 2022 Main Street America Accreditation.
According to a release from Nebraska Main Street, the City of Wayne joins Beatrice, Falls City, Fremont and Grand Island as Accredited Main Street America programs for 2022.
Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America said, “we are extremely proud to recognize this year’s 863 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts. During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses and nurture vibrant downtown districts.”
Performance is annually evaluated by the Nebraska Main Street Network in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet the national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small and locally owned businesses as well as actively preserving historic places, spaces and cultural assets.
Nebraska’s designated Main Street and Main Street America Accredited communities again are Beatrice, Falls City, Fremont, Grand Island and Wayne while the Network and Rural Network member communities include Cortland, Grant, Hastings, Lexington, Minden, Neligh, North Platte, Papillion, Schuyler, Tekamah, Weeping Water and York.
Visit nebraskamainstreet.org for more information.