Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street community 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 national list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.
"We are pleased to see how Downtown Lee’s Summit has proactively addressed planning, built partnerships with the City and other civic groups and continued to expand its leadership base to be an effective instrument for implementing a comprehensive revitalization strategy," stated Normoa Ramirez de Miess, Senior Program Officer of the National Main Street Center, following the accreditation review.
The Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street organization is evaluated annually by Missouri Main Street Connection, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 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 as fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking economic progress, preserving historic buildings and more.
Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street met both the national and state accredited-level criteria, which is the highest designation level in the Missouri Main Street connection program.
"Being recognized as a National Main Street Community and again being named an accredited Missouri Main Street state program, reminds us that not only is Downtown Lee’s Summit fortunate to have a vibrant central business district with exceptional businesses and property owners, but also that the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street organization continues to achieve high levels of success because of its many engaged stakeholders and dedicated volunteers, as well as its strong partnerships, professional board and hard-working staff," said Trisha Drape, executive director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.
For more information about the national program accreditation program, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/the-programs/national-programs.html.