Thursday, November 6, 2014

Boyne City Main Street achieves national accreditation

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has announced that Boyne City Main Street has been recognized as a Nationally Accredited Main Street community by the National Trust Main Street Center and the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA. Boyne City Main Street is one of four Michigan Main Street communities receiving national recognition this year. 

The Michigan Main Street Select and Master Level communities are evaluated annually based on 10 performance standards prescribed by the National Trust Main Street Center, and eligible communities are submitted to the national level for final review. “Boyne City Main Street has made many efforts toward their revitalization goals using the Main Street Approach,” said Laura Krizov, manager of the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA. “We are happy to recognize their program as nationally accredited this year.”

City Manager and Main Street Board Member Michael Cain stated “Boyne City’s Main Street Program is as strong as ever; strategically placing Boyne City in line for many more good things to come. Being recognized by the state at the Master Level and one of only four Michigan communities accredited at the national level does not come easy; however, it reinforces that we are doing things right and heading in the right direction. “

Local Main Street programs are encouraged to embrace community revitalization and economic development through organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. Recent studies show that supporting downtowns creates vibrant centers where people want to live, work and invest. The Michigan Main Street Center is part of MSHDA’s effort to create vibrant communities across the state.

“The Michigan Main Street Program provides communities with the tools needed to develop into thriving districts,” said Krizov. “These tools can be used to create jobs, attract and retain residents and investment while building a sense of place in Michigan communities.”

Pictured are Emily Pantera and Deborah Johnson from the Michigan Main Street Center and City Manager and Main Street Board Member Michael Cain.

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