Main Street Hartsville receives 2015 National Accreditation
Downtown development organization Main Street Hartsville has again been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Every year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
The accreditation came after a year in which Main Street Hartsville made great strides in the enhancement of the downtown business district. Projects included the ongoing development of what is now the Hartsville Farmers Market on East Carolina Avenue, Concerts on College Avenue and the Downtown Block Party, as well as the Downtown Holiday Open House offering extended shopping hours and attractions to kick off the Christmas shopping season. The Hartsville for the Holidays pop-up shop also highlighted local merchants and artisans during the Christmas season, and afterward MeMe’s Scrapbooking moved into the empty storefront where the temporary shop had been located.
In 2014, Main Street Hartsville also took on such projects as the Start-Up Hartsville competition, conducted in partnership with the Duke Energy Center for Innovation, in which two business startups could compete for awards of $12,000 in incentives each to move into downtown. Main Street Hartsville also partnered with the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics for #connecthartsville, in which Governor’s School students assisted downtown business owners with developing social media and web presence.
“Downtown Hartsville is getting better every day, with 22 businesses either opening or announcing that they will open in the last 18 months,” Main Street Hartsville Executive Director Suzy Moyd said. “Main Street Hartsville is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the effort to make our historic downtown an attractive place to work and live. The Sign and Paint Grant program has so far helped 11 businesses improve their curb appeal, with more on the way.”
Main Street Hartsville’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street South Carolina, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
About Main Street Hartsville
The Main Street Hartsville program, a partnership of the City of Hartsville, Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville and Main Street South Carolina was established in 2013, and seeks to build a vibrant downtown in Hartsville, focusing on thriving businesses, community and historic preservation. Learn more about the organization at www.mainstreethartsville.org.