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Tyler’s Main Street program recommended for national reaccreditation

March 6, 2019

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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2019
Tyler’s Main Street program recommended for national reaccreditation 
The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Main Street Tyler, Texas for successful annual progress in carrying out national performance standards for a Main Street community. Main Street Tyler, Texas is one of 68 to be recommended this year. 
Since the program started in 1999, Tyler has received the national accreditation 17 years. Achieving the 2018 status resulted in Tyler being accredited 7 years in a row.
“Receiving the accreditation at a National level is very exciting for our community,” said Amber Rojas-Varona, Main Street director. “It is a true testament to the dedication of downtown staff, volunteers, organizations and supporters. Our continuous success is not made up of a few, but that of many. Downtown Revitalization is key to a successful community and maintaining our local uniqueness.” 
Upon final approval by the National Main Street Center/Main Street America™, these local programs will be announced as nationally accredited during the Main Street Now conference March 25 to March 27 in Seattle, Washington.
“Since 1981, many Texas communities have participated in the Main Street network and used its preservation-based framework to generate positive economic gains for their local economies and the state,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “These positive strides happen because of local commitment to prioritize historic downtowns.” 
To achieve accreditation, local programs provide evidence of annual progress under selection criteria including engaged partnerships, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic, physical improvements in the district, and growth in program capacity. The state office also works with programs throughout the year providing services catered to local needs.
“The annual reporting process recognizes the hard work of local programs, and we commend the dedication of city leaders, program staff, local volunteers, and partners who make it possible,” said Debra Drescher, TMSP state coordinator.
The TMSP began in 1981 as one of the first state-coordinating programs in the country. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and increased quality of life. During 2018, more than $180 million was reinvested into Texas’ 89 Main Street districts. Additionally, 427 small businesses and 1,480 jobs were created. During 2018, the state network reached an important milestone when $4 billion in historical reinvestment was reached and surpassed.
The application to become a Main Street community will be available in late February. Applications are due July 31, 2019. For additional information about the national Main Street effort, visit For more information on the THC’s Texas Main Street Program, visit 
CONTACT: Debra Drescher, 512-463-5758,              
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