The Mount Vernon Main Street program has been recognized for the 12th time as a Nationally Accredited Main Street program, as announced during Main Street America’s annual conference, Main Street Now, held March 26-28. Mount Vernon was nominated by the Texas Historical Commission, based on its 2017 accomplishments.
Main Street programs are minimally staffed and rely heavily on community volunteers to accomplish their goals each year. Mount Vernon Main Street volunteers logged over 1,300 hours in 2017.
“Mount Vernon Main Street is fortunate to have a group of hard-working, engaged volunteers that set growth strategies to improve the livability and quality of life while keeping the character of our Plaza District. Our downtown is the heart of the community where businesses strive to compliment each other rather than compete. Plus, Mount Vernon just oozes charm!” said Carolyn Teague, Main Street Manager for the City of Mount Vernon.
The selection process for national accreditation includes consideration of the program’s progress in planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic, training, and program assessment.
“The state recognition and national accreditation recognizes the hard work of these local programs, and the value placed on their historic downtowns,” said Debra Drescher, Texas Main Street Program state coordinator.
The Mount Vernon Main Street program recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary in February, where Ms. Drescher presented a certificate recognizing the program founders and members for 25 years of service to the community. Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented to key members who helped start the local program in 1992.
Over the last year, the Mount Vernon Main Street program has worked in partnership with the city on an effort to have Mount Vernon’s downtown commercial Plaza District named to the National Register of Historic Places. The final public hearing on the proposed designation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00pm in The Loft at M.L. Edwards & Co.
For more information on the Mount Vernon Main Street program, visit their website at www.MountVernonMainStreet.com