Historic Apalachicola Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.

Apalachicola now joins the Audubon Park Garden, College Park, Church Street, Downtown South, Ivanhoe Village, Mills 50, and Thornton Park districts in Orlando, Chattahoochee, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Deuces Live, EDGE and Grand Central districts in St. Petersburg, Eau Gallie, Homestead, Kissimmee, LaBelle, Lincoln Park, Fort Pierce, Lynn Haven, Bartow, Crestview, Monticello, Perry, Wauchula, Winter Haven, Zephyrhills, DeLand, Marianna, Melbourne, New Port Richey, Okeechobee, Ormond Beach, Palatka, Panama City, St. Cloud, Stuart, Venice, and Vilano Beach in St. Augustine.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Florida Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the national center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards, which set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization.

Evaluation criteria determines the communities building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, and tracking programmatic progress.

“Receiving both state and national Main Street program accreditation is a prestigious designation,” said Historic Apalachicola Main Street’s Executive Director Augusta West. “While every designated local Main Street program can work toward accreditation, not everyone receives it. We have been working really hard this year. I feel very fortunate to have such dedicated board members and volunteers, and such a great partnership with the city.”

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

Historic Apalachicola Main Street is currently gearing up for two signature events, the July 3 fireworks show and a car show scheduled to take place during the second weekend in November.