Main Street Washington receives 2020 National Main Street Accreditation

Main Street Washington received its accreditation for 2020. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
Main Street Washington received its accreditation for 2020. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)

WASHINGTON — Main Street Washington has once again been designated an accredited Main Street America program.

The 2020 accreditation status is the Main Street America’s top prize of recognition and shown commitment to the revitalization of downtown. A member since 2008, Main Street Washington has been behind 89 building projects, $12.2 million in private funds invested in building rehabilitation and acquisition and 21,123 volunteer hours.

“Every year, Main Street Washington goes through the accreditation process. It involves a self-reflection checklist & document check which provides opportunities for our continued growth within our community. This is imperative to the work that we do and the goals that we continue to strive for in Downtown Washington,” said Main Street Washington Executive Director Sarah Grunewaldt in a news release.

Main Street Iowa works in partnership with Main Street America to identify programs across the state that meet then performance standards, according to the release. The organizations look for preservation of historic buildings, documenting progress and building strong public-private partnerships. In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated across the country, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center in the release. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proved to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities. During these challenging times, these Main Street programs will be key to bringing economic vitality back to commercial districts and improving quality of life during the recovery process.”

As part of current feelings due to COVID-19 and for future goal setting, Main Street Washington has launched a pulse point survey to the community. More information & a short survey can be found at: