July 15, 2014
(Ocean Springs, MS) – Ocean Springs Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce a list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center's performance standards," says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. "Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit."
The organization's performance is annually evaluated by Mississippi Main Street Association, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program's application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
"On a national level, both large and small cities have benefited from the Main Street Approach," says Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. "It shows through in the town of Ocean Springs due to its many partners, strong cultural and historic preservation and thriving business community."
Ocean Springs Main Street has combined its efforts with its Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau utilizing the Four Point Approach and strategy to bring revitalization, economic development and inspirational efforts to the community of Ocean Springs as well as partner with its more than 500 local business members to increase the impact and promote the quality of life for the award winning community.
With such improvements as the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education, circa 1927, PAPOS the public art project of Ocean Springs, transforming downtown into an interactive museum with public art sprinkled throughout the district and the nationally acclaimed award-winning Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival with an economic impact of more than $23 million, the organization holds strong to its mission to promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.