Saline Main Street has once again 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 Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”
In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours. Saline Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by Michigan Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
“2017 was a big year for Downtown Saline!” says Saline Main Street director, Holli Andrews. "Oktoberfest saw record numbers of people, the Music Series was a smashing success, and Trunk or Treat brought children and families to the downtown in droves! Winterfest, Taste of Saline, Ladies Night Out – all of our events brought visitors old and new out to our city. Our Be Bloomin’ hanging flower basket campaign and Student Boulevard Banners Competition made us all the rage. And, none of this could’ve happened without our incredibly talented and amazing volunteers. We’re grateful for the superb leadership by former director, Riley Hollenbaugh, our fabulous Board of Directors – and the many, many helping hands that made it all happen!”
In 2017, volunteers worked 6,995 hours for Main Street. Private investment was $54,800. Six new businesses opened. Three businesses improved their facades. Main Street estimates volunteers made an economic impact of $161,617.
Since 2012, volunteers have worked 35,017 hours, creating an economic impact of $845,309. There's been $1.4 million in private investment, 18 business openings and 11 facade improvements.