Havre de Grace Main Street gets accredited

The Baltimore Sun

Havre de Grace Main Street has been accredited as a 2008 National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center, officials said.

The national center works in partnership with Coordinating Main Street Programs nationwide to identify local programs that meet 10 basic performance standards.

Standards include developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings.

Havre de Grace Main Street Inc.'s 2007 accomplishments include: developing a vision statement, completing work plans and budgets, successfully applying for grants, making facade improvement loans and developing a discounted media program.

The organization also worked toward beautification and revitalization of the commercial district by assisting store owners in installing window lighting; placing lights on trees; installing matching planters and trash cans; and designing and installing unique four-season banners downtown.

Havre de Grace Main Street also drew hundreds of visitors to the district with activities such as First Friday celebrations, Haunted History and Ghost Tours, and a new edition of the Havre de Grace Walking Map.

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