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Los Alamos is among 11 local New Mexico MainStreet projects over the past year that have earned recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, whose department houses the New Mexico MainStreet program, noted the MainStreet projects around the state.
“Here in New Mexico we have a committed group of individuals who understand the importance of historic preservation and its impact on economic growth, especially in downtown districts, and have upheld strict guidelines and standards in managing their programs,” Barela said. “They have accomplished great things by improving their communities while being good stewards of public and private funding.”
“The national accreditation means the local Main Street programs are meeting our national standards of performance for what a Main Street program should be doing,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “The organizations we name each year as National Main Street Programs are those that have demonstrated the skills and comprehensive perspective needed to succeed in Main Street revitalization.”
The annual accreditation process evaluates commercial district revitalization programs based on criteria ranging from having an active board of directors and paid professional manager to tracking economic progress and preserving historic MainStreet buildings.
The following local New Mexico MainStreet projects received national accreditation this year:
Downtown Las Cruces Partnership
MainStreet de Las Vegas
Los Alamos MainStreet
Nob Hill MainStreet
National Accreditation Standards of Performance:
The standards of performance were developed by the National Trust Main Street Center and their coordinating Main Street program partners. They are based on operational performance for a sustainable organization, not on economic performance.