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Rehoboth Beach Main Street receives national accreditation

May 11, 2019

Rehoboth Beach Main Street Inc. has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street approach.

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Street America accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”

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.

Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by Downtown Delaware, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts, and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships and documenting programmatic progress.

Incorporated in 1996 and a past Great American Main Street Award winner, Rehoboth Beach Main Street Inc. is a nonprofit organization composed of downtown businesses and residents dedicated to supporting business through partnerships that will strengthen and unify the community.