Astoria Downtown Historic District Association
Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation
Astoria, OR (April 18, 2015) – Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) has 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. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Oregon Main Street, 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.
ADHDA continues to work with the City of Astoria, partnering organizations, and a community of volunteers, who collectively gave more than 4,500 hours to ADHDA last year. ADHDA Board President, Dulcye Taylor said of receiving national accreditation, “It has been critically important for ADHDA to be part of the Oregon Main Street program; utilizing their structure and resources to aid Astoria in revitalizing the organization and downtown energy. Being recognized on a national level is an incredible honor, validating that we are doing the right stuff here in our tiny, little town.”
ADHDA has spearheaded several beautification projects, organizes events like the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup, 2nd Saturday Art Walk, and the upcoming Downtown Cleanup (set for Sunday, May 3), and continues to work with the downtown community to further improve and enhance our downtown area.
ADHDA is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization that encourages community involvement and investment in preserving the character of historic downtown Astoria while promoting its health and future. Membership in the ADHDA is open to individuals and businesses—regardless of location. If you are interested in participating and supporting the growing energy in ADHDA’s efforts to enhance our historic downtown please contact Alana Garner at 503-791-7940 or Alana@astoriadowntown.com.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.