Plaquemine Main Street program gets national accreditation

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - The Plaquemine Main Street program has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

Plaquemine was determined to have met all 10 performance standards and criteria required to be named an accredited Main Street program, including having broad-based community support for the commercial district revitalization process, with strong support from both the public and private sectors; having vision, mission statements and a work plan relevant to community conditions and to the local Main Street program's organizational stage; exhibiting a historic preservation ethic; having an active board of directors and committees and adequate operating budget; having a paid professional program manager; conducting a program of ongoing training for staff and volunteers; reporting key statistics; and being a member of the National Main Street Network membership program.

Established in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center® helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working nationwide in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 30 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $53.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 448,835 net new jobs and 104,961 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 229,164 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their local Main Street district revitalization efforts.

The Plaquemine Main Street program is housed in the City of Plaquemine Mayor's Office and is directed by Kristine Hebert since 1996. It sponsors numerous events annually, including the July 4th Celebration, the Christmas Festival, and a fall heritage event; and collaborates with other organizations on events and activities. It also conducts activities to promote downtown businesses.

"This national accreditation is evidence that we have a progressive and active Main Street program, and will continue to pursue ways to promote our historic downtown and businesses," said Hebert.