Main Street Paris has been designated as an affiliate Main Street America™ program by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of nationally recognized Main Street America affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to generating positive change in their downtown and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach™, a framework for comprehensive revitalization and preservation-based economic development. “We are thrilled to recognize this year’s 288 Main Street America affiliate programs,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These communities should be proud of their hard work to advance strong local economies, leverage local leadership, and improve the quality of life in their communities. Streets are powerful engines for community transformation, and these Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural life of their towns.” In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Paris, 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 is proud to be part of this exceptional program to offer grants to our local businesses. Last year we provided 5 grants that included awnings, new signage, and breaker boxes along with flowers to enhance our downtown”, said Tonya Baumgartner, Main Street Paris Director. “Our main street has come a long way inthe three years we have been part of this program and we are excited for the future of Paris as we continue to improve the quality of life and longevity for our businesses and residents.” 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 build stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated 640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.