Main Street Paris has been designated as an affiliate Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center for the second straight year.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of nationally recognized Main Street America Affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to achieving meaningful improvements in downtowns across the country using the Main Street Approach.

“It is my privilege to recognize this year’s 256 Main Street America Affiliate programs,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Their work to revive local economies brings communities together to forge the future of cities and towns across the country. Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and these Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Arkansas, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive revitalization and achieving meaningful community outcomes. Main Street Paris has successfully completed three mini grants in the past year which include a new mural, new awning and paining where needed.

“We are excited about the future of our downtown and the revitalization work being done,” Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tonya Baumgartner said. “The new year promises to be full of success. Sights like the new pocket park are coming to life with the help of the city of Paris and many volunteer efforts like Keep Paris Beautiful, which we plan to build on.”

Baumgartner says a bigger focus has been placed on bringing events downtown this year including Spring Time in Paris, Frontier Day Festival and Fall Festival.

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 $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.