More WNC communities becoming Main Street accredited

Several Western North Carolina municipalities are among those achieving formal distinction as accredited Main Street communities.

The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, identified 44 North Carolina communities this year, the state Department of Commerce announced Tuesday.

“Vibrant downtowns are important economic engines for the North Carolina economy,” North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III said in a prepared statement.

“This national recognition confirms the results we’re seeing every day in these forward-thinking communities and is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our Main Street program participants,” Skvarla said.

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(Citizen-Times, 6/21/2016)