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Paris Main Street Receives National Accreditation

Brad Patterson, Community Heritage Division Director, Texas Historical Commission, Cheri Bedford, Paris Main Street Manager, and Debra Drescher, State Coordinator, Texas Main Street Program.

Brad Patterson, Community Heritage Division Director, Texas Historical Commission, Cheri Bedford, Paris Main Street Manager, and Debra Drescher, State Coordinator, Texas Main Street Program.

Paris Main Street Program has been commended for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community. The Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) made the announcement January 29, 2013 at the winter gathering of Texas Main Street managers in Seguin, an original 1981 Texas Main Street city.

Sixty-three designated Main Street programs in Texas were recognized. The TMSP will recommend its Texas selections for 2014 National Accreditation to the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The national announcement for all designated Main Street programs across the country will be made at the National Main Street conference in Detroit, MI May 18-20.

“National Accreditation and the recognition that goes along with it is a statement that the local Main Street program is working hard and consistently moving forward to achieve downtown revitalization goals that are grounded in historic preservation,” said Debra Drescher, TMSP state coordinator.   “Over more than 30 years, the national Main Street model – which has been in place in Texas since the inception of the nationwide effort – has been an effective way for communities of all sizes to restore and maintain vitality and economic health in their historic downtowns. We are so proud of the staff and volunteers of Texas’ Main Street programs who work hard every day on these objectives and so thankful to the elected officials, city management and other stakeholders who support them in their work. Accreditation recognizes that hard work and progress.”

Cheri Bedford, Paris Main Street Manager, stated, “This is a great honor and we are so proud. This recognition is due to the tremendous contributions of time, talent and expertise given by our volunteers and partners, and the support of the community. Our progress would not be where it is today without them. The Paris Main Street Organization committee takes the time to help organize these volunteers and recognize them for all their hard work.” Bedford added, “Paris Main Street works with many partners. Paris Downtown Association, Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Texas Downtown Association, Red River Valley Tourism Association, North East Texas Trail, Lamar County Historic Preservation Commission and Society are just a few.”

She continues, “Over the past year we have made a lot of progress in our downtown that have contributed to the success. Great events put on by the Paris Main Street Promotions committee and partners include April in Paris Wine Fest, Movies in the Park, Downtown Christmas Tree lighting, Holiday in Paris, Festival of Pumpkins, Santa Paws Dog Dash, and Wassail Fest. These promotional events distinguish the downtown from other shopping experiences and add some excitement to the district. To see people downtown enjoying the eclectic stores, JJ Culbertson Fountain, strolling to Bywaters Park, visiting the galleries, farmers market, library, courthouse, city hall, Grand Theatre, all gives the downtown district a sense of place. What would Paris look like without these places? These make this place different from Anytown, USA.”

The Accredited Main Street programs show above average performance in ten categories on an annual report. Selection criteria focus on planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer effort, preservation ethic, training and program assessment through reporting. The state office also works with programs throughout the year by providing various services based upon local needs.

Main Street Cities Recognized with 2014 National Accreditation

(announced at the annual Texas Main Street Annual Winter meeting in Seguin, January 29, 2014. Cities will be officially announced and accepted at the National Main Street Conference, May 2014, Detroit, MI)

  1. Amarillo **
  2. Bastrop **
  3. Bay City
  4. Beaumont*
  5. Brenham
  6. Canton **
  7. Canyon **
  8. Carthage*
  9. Celina **
  10. Clarksville
  11. Clifton
  12. Colorado City **
  13. Corsicana **
  14. Cotulla **
  15. Denton **
  16. Electra **
  17. Elgin*
  18. Farmersville*
  19. Ferris
  20. Gainesville
  21. Georgetown
  22. Gladewater
  23. Gonzales **
  24. Grand Saline
  25. Grapevine
  26. Greenville **
  27. Harlingen
  28. Henderson
  29. Hillsboro
  30. Kilgore **
  31. La Grange **
  32. Laredo
  33. Levelland **
  34. Livingston **
  35. Llano **
  36. Longview **
  37. Lufkin **
  38. Luling
  39. McKinney **
  40. Mineola **
  41. Mount Pleasant
  42. Mount Vernon
  43. Nacogdoches **
  44. New Braunfels **
  45. Palestine
  46. Paris
  47. Pecos
  48. Rio Grande City
  49. Rockwall **
  50. Royse City
  51. San Angelo**
  52. San Augustine
  53. San Marcos*
  54. Seguin*
  55. Sonora **
  56. Taylor
  57. Texarkana
  58. Tyler**
  59. Uvalde
  60. Vernon
  61. Victoria
  62. Waxahachie**
  63. Winnsboro

Superlatives:

* designates programs receiving accreditation recognition every year they have been eligible

* * designates programs receiving accreditation recognition 80%  - 90% of the time they have been eligible

Minimum category and overall scores are required; first-year programs oftentimes are not able to meet all requirements

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