[Source: Florence Reminder] — The Florence Main Street Program has been accredited as a 2008 National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center®. The Florence Main Street Program joins over 700 other Main Street revitalization programs being recognized as 2008 National Main Street Programs. Each year, the National Trust Main Street Center and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited National Main Street Programs around the country that have demonstrated their ability to follow the Main Street methodology.
“We congratulate this year’s accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting our established performance standards,” says Doug Loescher, Director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “Rebuilding a district’s economic health and maintaining that success requires broad-based community involvement and support, in addition to establishing a solid organization with sound management that is committed to long-term success.” The National Trust Main Street Center works in partnership with Coordinating Main Street Programs throughout the nation to identify the local programs that meet the National Trust Main Street Center’s ten basic performance standards.
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[Source: AzBiz.com] — David Wilson joined ABA Architects as senior architect and historic preservation specialist. Through his work with the Arizona Main Street Program and as a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Wilson gained extensive knowledge and experience in preservation architecture, qualifying him as a historic architect.
[Source: Harold Kitching, Casa Grande Dispatch] — The Casa Grande Main Street program has teamed with Central Arizona College to do a survey of residents on what they like or don’t like about the historic downtown area and what they would like to see there. “The purpose of all of this was to help the downtown determine where we should be advertising, how people are coming downtown, what’d they’d like to see downtown, what kind of businesses they’d like to see downtown,” Main Street Executive Director Marge Jantz told the Central City Redevelopment District Subcommittee during Tuesday’s meeting.
“We had the opportunity to take this through the business department at the college. It’s their final semester, they’ve been studying business planning and development, and they’ve also brought Bill Brown in as their computer guru. He’s helped students with the survey.” Jantz said the survey will be taken through April 20, after which students will tabulate the results and return them to Main Street and downtown businesses. Click here to take the survey.
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Donovan Rypkema, Principal of Place Economics and well-known speaker on historic preservation issues, will address “The Role of Historic Preservation in Sustainable Development” at a National Historic Preservation Month event on May 6, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. All advocates for preservation and sustainability are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, contact Kay Jerin (click on name for e-mail or call 602-340-0745) with your name, organization, and day phone. Cost is $50 per person.
This event is sponsored by the Capitol Mall Association in Phoenix with support from the Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Department of Commerce Main Street Program, and City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office.