June 13-- Vidalia Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting 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®.
“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Office of Downtown Development & Georgia 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.
Paula Dees-Toole, Main Street Director shares… "I can truly say partnership with the program has been the key to a successful Main Street program. The revitalization of our downtown historic district that we call “Main Street” has created a Southern town with charm and character.
"The City of Vidalia, private investors, business owners and community staying connected, helps accomplish these goals. The Downtown Vidalia Association and Vidalia Main Street, combined in 1989 as one entity shares in a vibrant downtown lifestyle creating enthusiasm for those who work, live and visit our city. Together we celebrate the economic impact Main Street has provided for Vidalia."
Ross Kelly, President of Downtown Vidalia “Main Street” Association said, “We as an association are reminded of the importance of teamwork. Teamwork could be one of the most important words I feel used to describe the vision of the founders of the Downtown Vidalia “Main Street “Association. A vision that today’s members very proudly portray in their day-to-day duties and interaction with others, providing assets that affect the overall strength of the association itself.
"As President, I can’t think of a time at a meeting where one member stressed a concern or need and another member hasn't quickly flown to the relief of the needy member with ideas or offerings of help. All this is done in the name of charity and good will because our association is a voluntary one!
"There are more advantages to being part of such an organization other than the monetary ones. To work alongside like and different minded, goal driven individuals who at the drop of a hat put aside their own wants and needs for the benefit of their community, their fellow business owner, their customers and each other is one of the greatest feats I see that our great little association has been able to accomplish with ease, led by the “Main Street” approach”.
Historic Downtown Vidalia takes its place as a vibrant center of community activity. People who live, work and visit appreciate its rich heritage, delight in its places of business and feel the heartbeat of Vidalia-Toombs County’s Future.
- Planned economic development, historic preservation, and promotional efforts help to develop existing resources, promote growth, and bring prosperity to our community through increased activity and participation of its member’s downtown and beyond.
- To increase harmony and unity in Vidalia, by coordinating efforts of individual groups, locally and utilizing resources from State & National Main Street…4-Point Approach*.
- We recognize that downtown Vidalia is the key to preserving our heritage, and that it serves as the concerted, organized voice for accomplishing specific goals for the betterment of our community.