Sykesville’s Main Street Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Performance standards are evaluated by the Department of Housing and Community Development/Main Street Maryland on issues such as fostering public-private partnerships, tracking progress and preserving historic buildings.

“We are extremely honored to have received this accreditation again this year,” said Ivy Wells, director of Economic Development and Main Street Manager for Sykesville.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center  helps communities revitalize older and historic commercial districts. The group says it has worked with more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the past 34 years, and has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment.