Program Recognized by Main Street America
For the sixth year in a row, Main Street America has named the Cherryville Main Street Program as a nationally accredited Main Street program. The coveted designation is Main Street America’s highest status and recognizes that Cherryville’s program meets rigorous performance standards. Nationally, just over half of participating communities receive this designation.
To earn the prized designation, Cherryville’s program demonstrated a strong commitment to comprehensively revitalizing Cherryville’s downtown commercial district. And, Cherryville’s main street program meets strict requirements for building a strong organizational structure, maintaining active public-private partnerships, tracking progress, and preserving historic buildings.
“We’ve worked diligently to meet the national standards,” said David Day, Cherryville’s Downtown Director. “We’re excited about the future. We’re revitalizing Main Street and at the same time keeping our hometown’s historic character. Our downtown will be a catalyst for the economic growth for our entire community.”
Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam enthusiastically pointed to the many improvements already in place downtown as evidence of the program’s success. But, Mayor Beam was equally enthusiastic about the near future.
“We’re going to see total transformation,” said Beam. “Our streetscape and renovated buildings will be a huge draw for even more business.”
Cherryville city manager Jeff Cash commended the sustained efforts of the CMSP team. “It takes a lot of focus and attention to win accreditation every year,” said Cash. “It’s a tribute to leaders and volunteers past and present.”
Donna Beringer, chair of the Cherryville Main Street Program, saluted the program’s many volunteers. “Our volunteers have put in hundreds of hours to make our program what it is,” Berringer emphasized.
Main Street America President and CEO Patrice Frey saluted the work done by accredited programs across the country in dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic. “I am inspired by their hard work and confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their downtowns flourish in the next stages of recovery,” said Frey.
Nationally, over the last 40 years, the Main Street America program has spurred about $90 billion in public and private investment, about 700,000 new jobs, about 150,000 new businesses, and about 300,000 rehabilitated buildings.