Lyons Main Street Program recently received designation as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting performance standards set by National Main Street Center.
National Main Street Center and its coordinating program partners annually announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of National Main Street Center. “Main streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the country, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Western Erie Canal Main Street Program, which works in partnership with National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet 10 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, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
Lyons Main Street Program has provided nearly 1,000 volunteer hours in the past year. These hours have contributed to the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, assisted with the establishment and/or promotion of several new businesses in Lyons downtown and managed events.
Lyons Main Street Program envisions Lyons downtown as a strong center for business, entertainment and learning as well as a visitor destination.