2018-05-16 / Front Page

Main Street Millen receives national recognition

Main Street Millen has been designated as an affiliate of Main Street America Program by the National Main Street Center. Each year the National Main Street and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of nationally recognized Main Street America affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to achieving meaningful improvements in downtown and commercial districts across the country using the Main Street America approach.

“It is my privilege to recognize this year’s 299 Main Street America affiliate programs,” said Patricia Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Their commitment to helping advance local economies, and to be part of a national movement of like-minded community changers is truly powerful. Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and these Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

In 2017, alone Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,21l net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyze the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings and clocked 2.7 volunteer hours.

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs which works in partnership with National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive revitalization and achieving meaningful community outcomes.

In 2017, Main Street Millen reported 10 promotional events, five public improvement projects, and six new businesses opening or expanding. The local program began in 2001 as Millen Better Hometown, becoming Main Street Millen in 2013 due the merger of the Better Hometown and Main Street programs by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to placing and building stronger communities through preservation based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new and public private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs, and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the non-profit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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