Historic Lebanon has 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®.
“Once again, we are thrilled to recognize this year’s nationally accredited Main Street America communities for their outstanding work,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “We are experiencing an exciting era for America’s cities and towns, with a growing recognition of the importance of strong local enterprise, distinctive character, engaged residents, and sense of place. These are things that Main Street America programs have been working to protect and advance for years, strengthening the economic, social, and cultural fabric of communities across the country.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the State of Tennessee Main Street Program which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
Public and private investment into the Lebanon Main Street program area reached $2,796,500 in 2015. The local Main Street program area centers on the Public Square and extends out several blocks in all directions and is directed by Historic Lebanon. The non-profit benefited from the help of over 650 volunteer hours in 2015.
Historic Lebanon has been a part of the Tennessee Main Street program since September 2013. Their goal is to follow the Main Street Four Point Approach to achieve historic preservation with positive economic impact for our community. The four points of the Main Street program are: Design/Historic Preservation, Promotion, Economic Vitality, and Organization.
Kim Parks, executive director of Historic Lebanon, states “that without community support the program would not have achieved the progress seen in the past three years. Our board members, volunteers, and annual sponsors including Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home,
MainStreet Property Management, Law Office of C. Tracey Parks, THW Insurance, the Thackston Family Foundation, Wilson Bank & Trust, CedarStone Bank, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County government all see the potential in Lebanon.”
Historic Lebanon is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to actively pursue the revitalization of Lebanon’s Historic Public Square and surrounding neighborhoods by using historic preservation for a positive economic impact in the local community.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $65.6 billion in new public and private investment, generated 556,960 net new jobs and 126,476 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 260,000 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.