PRESS RELEASE: Laurel Main Street Receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

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Caroline Burks, Executive Director
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LAUREL MAIN STREET
RECEIVES 2022 MAIN STREET AMERICA ACCREDITATION

Laurel, MS June 15, 2022 – Laurel Main Street has been designated as an Accredited Main Street AmericaTM program for meeting rigorous performance standards. 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 ApproachTM.

“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,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “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.”

In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.

Laurel Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by Mississippi Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous 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, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.

“Laurel Main Street is proud to be accredited by Main Street America. Accreditation equips Laurel Main Street with the state and national resources to support our members, partners, and stakeholders, as well as providing a framework for sustainable growth for our downtown as a whole,” Caroline Burks, Executive Director

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ABOUT LAUREL MAIN STREET

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, MS through preservation and economic growth. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street ApproachTM. Our network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $95.33 billion in new public and private investment, generated 161,036 net new businesses and 717,723 net new jobs, and rehabilitated more than 314,431 buildings. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.

Written by Kaitlyn Warden

Kaitlyn Warden, a Jones County resident, recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BSBA in Marketing with a certificate in Professional Selling. She also graduated from Pearl River Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 2020 and is a South Jones High School class of 2018 graduate. Kaitlyn is the Social Media and Website Content Creator for Laurel Main Street. She also works at Elegant Evenings in Downtown Laurel, where she works as a consultant and social media manager. Kaitlyn enjoys being involved in Downtown Laurel and helping grow this amazing community through social networking!