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Paso Robles Main Street Association receives 2014 accreditation 


Norma Moye is executive director of the Paso Robles Main Street Association.

The Paso Robles Main Street Association 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 performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the California Main Street Alliance 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 fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association has recently installed benches and bike racks downtown. Last year there was a reinvestment by the private sector projects of $1,325,585 in the downtown. There was a net gain of ten new businesses and 39 new jobs in the downtown core. Currently, there are approximately 1,030 employees working in the downtown core, both full-time and part-time.

“Downtown Paso Robles continues to be a driving force for both tourism and economic development for the Paso Robles community. We are confident in a very bright future for our downtown,” says Matt Masia, owner of Adelaide Inn and President of the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association.

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 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

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