Seymour Main Street Receives National Accreditation

Seymour Main Street was recently designated as an accredited Main Street program for another year.

The Seymour organization is in its 26th year, but this is its third year as a nationally accredited organization, said Bri Roll, who has served as executive director of Seymour Main Street since July 2020.

“One of the benefits of being accredited is the eligibility to use the Main Street America name and logo,” Roll said. “In addition, eligibility to apply for the Great American Main Street Awards and other special awards and grant programs. “

Roll said the Seymour Main Street organization is very happy to be nationally accredited for another year.

“We are at the Main Street America community level, which is the highest level for an organization,” she said.

Main Street’s national community accreditation criteria includes broad community support, vision and mission statements, a comprehensive work plan, and an ethic of historic preservation.

In addition, an active board and committees, an adequate operating budget, a paid professional program manager on the main street, a continuing education program, reports on key statistics and membership in the network of the main Street.

Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street approach.

“We are proud to recognize this year the 889 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked tirelessly to advance the economic vitality and quality of life in their city centers and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of Main Street America.

“During an incredibly difficult year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to lead impressive local revival efforts, advocate for small businesses and foster vibrant inner-city neighborhoods,” said Frey. “I am inspired by their hard work and confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their inner cities thrive in the next stages of the recovery. “

In 2020, Main Street America’s programs generated $ 4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings and totaled 983,702 hours volunteering.

Seymour Main Street’s performance is evaluated annually by Indiana Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify local programs that meet 10 National Performance Standards.

The assessment criteria determine which communities build meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as promoting strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

Over the past 40 years, Main Street America has helped revitalize older and historic shopping districts. It is now a network of over 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to build stronger communities through preservation-driven economic development.

Roll and the Seymour Main Street organization are happy to plan activities for the community, especially after so many events were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The next event will be the Downtown Shop / Chalk Around from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

In early July, an announcement to name the 2021 lineup Dancing with the Seymour Stars, Roll said.

On June 17th, CityJam will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the tribute band Jimmy Buffett Parrots of the Caribbean.

“We will be donating necklaces and encouraging everyone to dress in their luau outfit that night,” Roll said.

CityJam performances are scheduled through September with the group Naked Karate Girls on stage on July 15, country artist Sweet Tea Trio from Nashville on August 19, and the Nashville Yacht Club Band on September 16. All performances take place at the JCB Pavilion at Crossroads Community Park. .

CityJam is open to the public at no cost. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at each performance.

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