So­cial Cir­cle Main Street na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

A group of hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated res­i­dents have made sure “Ge­or­gia’s Great­est Lit­tle Town” re­mains in the na­tional spot­light for his­toric preser­va­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

So­cial Cir­cle’s Main Street pro­gram was named a 2014 Na­tion­ally Ac­cred­ited Main Street Com­mu­nity, mark­ing the 16th year the city’s pro­gram has been given such a des­ig­na­tion.

Any Main Street pro­gram must meet the Na­tional Main Street Ini­tia­tive’s 10 Stan­dards of Per­for­mance and prove it is ad­her­ing to each as­pect ev­ery year.

The “ma­jor driv­ing points” of the stan­dards are to demon­strate com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, show a suc­cess­ful and well-work­ing Board of Di­rec­tors and sus­tain a preser­va­tion ethic, said Mike Miller, di­rec­tor of Main Street So­cial Cir­cle.

“It takes a lot of work from our Board of Di­rec­tors,” Miller said. “One of the things we’re re­ally proud of is we pull our com­mu­nity to­gether us­ing our web­mas­ter and web­site.”

“Re­ceiv­ing Na­tional Main Street Pro­gram sta­tus is a pres­ti­gious achieve­ment, and you and your com­mu­nity should be ex­tremely proud,” said an email from the Na­tional Main Street Cen­ter.

Re­cent ac­com­plish­ments

Fol­low­ing are some high­lighted ac­com­plish­ments cred­ited to Main Street So­cial Cir­cle and the Bet­ter Home­town (BHT) Board, ac­cord­ing to Miller:

-Or­ga­ni­za­tion and out­reach: News­let­ter re­in­stated to reach more than 1,900 homes each month; Be­gan the Jr. Am­bas­sador Pro­gram “Part­ner­ship with So­cial Cir­cle City Schools”; Five BHT board/com­mit­tee mem­bers ap­pointed to the His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion (HPC) or the Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity -Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment: Con­fer­ence room added to Wel­come Cen­ter; Five free web­sites pro­vided to down­town businesses; Op­por­tu­nity Zone for the cen­tral busi­ness district; A Guide to Do­ing Busi­ness in So­cial Cir­cle web­site in 2012 to in­clude busi­ness and in­dus­trial con­tact in­for­ma­tion -De­sign and preser­va­tion: Wel­come book­let for res­i­dents of the his­toric district de­vel­oped and dis­trib­uted; BHT in­tern de­vel­oped new de­sign guide­lines for HPC; Helped save the Mill Store and Dupree Home; Knox Block (1899) added to the Na­tional Mesker Data­base; Façade Grant Pro­gram painted 30 store fronts in the cen­tral busi­ness district -Pro­mo­tions and tourism: Bike trail­head; Easter, 4th of July, Friend­ship Fes­ti­val, Cir­cle of Lights and an­nual yard sale events; In­stalled tod­dler play­ground ad­ja­cent to the cen­tral busi­ness district; His­toric Well­ness Walk; Re­mod­eled the Wel­come Cen­ter to in­clude his­toric dis­plays

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