Downtown efforts earn accolades

City officials continue to receive recognition for the activity happening in downtown Rocky Mount.

The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recently cited Rocky Mount as one of 44 North Carolina communities and one of 11 areas in the state receiving recognition for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization championed by the center.

According to a release, each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners issue accreditation to Main Street programs across the country. The peformance standards set the benchmarks for measuring a community’s application of the Main Street Center’s four-point approach to commercial district revitalization. Standards include fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

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(Rocky Mount Telegram, 6/23/2016)