Ruston Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of Accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.
“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”
In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.
The Ruston Main Street performance is annually evaluated by Louisiana Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Ruston Main Street is one of only 34 Louisiana Main Street Programs. Louisiana Main Street has been working to preserve and revive its cities’ historic districts for over 34 years.
Since 1984, Louisiana Main Street communities have seen $931 million in total investment, $553 million in private investment, and $460.5 million in new construction and rehabilitation. In addition, its efforts have resulted in more than 9,000 net new jobs, 1,900 net new businesses, and have generated over 150,000 volunteers (since 2004). Louisiana Main Street has made immediate impacts across the state and continues to celebrate and advance each city individually.
“Ruston Main Street is proud to be a nationally accredited program. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the past few years to ensure that we’re achieving all 10 standards of accreditation. We hope to continue to improve upon Ruston’s Main Street program to ensure that our downtown reaches its full potential as a hub for culture and commerce,” said Tori Davis, Ruston Main Street Director.