Natchitoches retains National Main Street accreditation

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street announce 20 Louisiana communities have been designated as 2022 Accredited Main Street America™ programs. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier recognition demonstrating a commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully implementing the Main Street Approach™. 
“Historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts are the heart and soul of communities across Louisiana. They give the community its sense of place and character and provide the uniqueness that sets one community apart from another,” said Nungesser. “In addition, historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts are great locations for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It’s an honor to be able to recognize these 20 Louisiana communities who have worked diligently to revitalize their social cohesion and economic sustainability.”

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“We are extremely proud to recognize this year’s Nationally-Accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown districts.”

Since 1983, Natchitoches Main Street, with the help of previous administrations and community partners, has been an integral part of the development and preservation of Downtown Natchitoches. As our mission says, Natchitoches Main Street strives to preserve and enhance the area as the heart of Natchitoches, communicates a sense of community pride, heritage, and small-town wholesomeness and provides for a successful community. It is a pleasure to be a small part of the folks who make Natchitoches such a great community!
~ Jill Leo,
Natchitoches Main Street Director

Nationally in 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.
Overall, Louisiana’s Main Street communities have seen:
*$969 million in Total Investment
*14,300+ Net New Jobs
*3,500+ Net New Businesses
*1.1 million+ Volunteers since 2004
Each local Louisiana Main Street organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Louisiana Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

Louisiana’s 20 Nationally-Accredited Main Street America™ programs for 2022 include:
 *Crowley Main Street
*Denham Springs Main Street
*DeRidder Main Street
*Donaldsonville Downtown Development District
*Franklin Main Street
*Hammond Downtown Development District
*Main Street Homer
*Houma Downtown Development Corporation
*Leesville Main Street
*Morgan City Main Street
*Natchitoches Main Street
*New Iberia Main Street
*New Roads Main Street
*Old Algiers Main Street Corporation, New Orleans
*Opelousas Main Street
*Ruston Main Street
*Olde Towne Slidell Main Street
*St. Francisville Main Street
*St. Martinville Main Street
*Thibodaux Main Street