5:59 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
SYKESVILLE — Main Street in Sykesville has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program — a designation that means it meets commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce a list of accredited Main Street programs that have built revitalization organizations and demonstrate the ability to strengthen their economy and protect historic buildings.
The evaluation includes standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving buildings.
The National Trust Main Street program helps eligible communities leverage public and private investment. Nationwide, participating communities have created 448,835 net jobs and 104,961 businesses, and rehabilitated more than 229,164 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on Main Street revitalization efforts.
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