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Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation

Gig Harbor, WA (April 17, 2015) -- The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance 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 the 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 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

The organization’s performance is evaluated annually by the Washington State Main Street Program 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.

Alliance President, Pat Schmidt, indicated she is, “very pleased, as the accreditation is a valuable recognition of the hard work, commitment, and dedication of our board, staff, committees, community partners, and many volunteers.” Executive Director, Mary DesMarais added, "It is very rewarding to have our efforts and commitment to the Main Street Program recognized by the National Main Street Center, and for the Alliance to be an accredited member of the State Main Street network."

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Washington corporation and Main Street™ community, implementing the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Main Street Approach™ in Gig Harbor. The mission of the Alliance is to bring together community and waterfront district stakeholders, encourage economic vitality and preserve historic character. For more information about the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, visit www.gigharborwaterfront.org.

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 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary DesMarais, Executive Director
253-514-0071
info@ghhwa.org