Jacksonville Main Street earns distinct honor

By Ryne Turke on April 10, 2015 at 8:18am

Jacksonville Main Street has been named an accredited National Main Street Program.

The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, honored Jacksonville Main Street for meeting the ten commercial district revitalization performance standards.

According to a press release, the organization’s performance is evaluated by Illinois Main Street, which works to identify the state program’s performances.

Since 1999, Jacksonville Main Street has assisted with dozens of rehabilitation projects, business expansions, public improvements and event developments that fostered growth in Downtown Jacksonville.

The totals add up to over $33 million in public-private reinvestment, over 130 jobs and vacancy rates below five-percent.

Past activities by Jacksonville Main Street include creating ten Wall Dog murals, the development of Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits and creating the information kiosk.