Posted on Tuesday June 14, 2022
Main Street Coon Rapids has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards.
Main Street Coon Rapids (MSCR) has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. 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’ve made great strides in a short time thanks to the dedicated volunteers, business managers and property owners,” said MSCR Executive Director Katie Mason. “Our board provides great leadership for the program, and the Main Street Iowa staff are a tremendous resource for our downtown revitalization. The national accreditation is a testament to the last three years of hard work put in by many.”
Established in August 2019, MSCR’s mission is to create a thriving downtown by nurturing business growth and improvement through increased community involvement and inclusion while being mindful of the past and focusing on the future. Since their inception, MSCR has logged over 6,981 volunteer hours, $314,419 in private investment in building projects, $220,501 in building acquisitions, 17 completed building projects, $1,066,180 in grants awarded and over 60 events hosted downtown. This is the third year in a row that MSCR has gained national accreditation.
“We are extremely proud to recognize this year’s 863 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.”
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.
The MSCR’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Iowa, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small and locally owned businesses, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.
ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA
Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $95.33 billion in new public and private investment, generated 161,036 net new businesses and 717,723 net new jobs, and rehabilitated more than 314,431 buildings. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.