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Vandalia Main Street gains national accreditation

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By The Staff

Vandalia Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.
"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited programs for meeting our established performance standards," said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center.
"Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the recession head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable."
Established in 1980, the National Trust 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 past 30 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $48.9 billion in new public and private investment.
Participating communities have created 417,919 net new jobs and 94,176 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 214,263 buildings, leveraging and average of $27 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.