WARRENSBURG — Warrensburg Main Street was named a 2017 Missouri Main Street and Main Street America Accredited Community after a daylong visit from both organizations Feb. 22.
Norma Ramirez DeMiess, Senior Program Officer for Main Street America, and Keith Winge, Community Development Coordinator for Missouri Main Street Connection, were in Warrensburg to meet with the WMS Board of Directors, staff, committees and downtown businesses. The accreditation announcement was made during an evening wrap up meeting of community volunteers and downtown supporters.
The Main Street America program accreditation process evaluates local Main Street programs according to 10 standards of performance and provides national recognition to those that meet these standards. The national accreditation program strives to:
• Provide local and national visibility to local Main Street programs that understand and fully utilize the Main Street four-point approach and eight Main Street principles and that continue to evolve organizationally to meet new challenges.
• Provide national standards for performance for local Main Street programs.
• Provide realistic goals and a tangible incentive for local Main Street programs that do not yet meet the criteria for national recognition.
Receiving Main Street America status is a prestigious designation. While every affiliate local Main Street program can work toward accreditation, not every Main Street program receives it. Main Street coordinating programs evaluate their local programs every year and submit their eligible programs to the National Main Street Center. There are more than 120 commercial districts participating in Missouri Main Street, and Warrensburg, Missouri is one of only six that have received accreditation.
“Thank you to all who attended the meetings throughout the day and to all those volunteers that worked to help us receive this accreditation,” said Julie Turnipseed, Executive Director of Warrensburg Main Street Inc. “We are only as strong as our volunteers, and we have the greatest volunteers.”
Release courtesy of Warrensburg Main Street Inc.