Erie Downtown Partnership Receives National Accreditation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center

Posted: August 28, 2014 9:00 am


The Erie Downtown Partnership was honored to be recognized among the top performing programs in Pennsylvania!  Thank You to the Pennsylvania Downtown Center and the National Main Street Center for hosting a great event on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. 


The Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is proud to announce that 32 Main Street communities from across the commonwealth recently received recognition as “Nationally Accredited Programs” by the National Main Street Center (NMSC). The annual national accreditation status is based upon ten (10) national standards of performance that include assessment of operating budget, involvement of local boards and committees, reporting of key statistics, training for staff and volunteers and more.

“As the coordinating organization for the Main Street program in Pennsylvania, PDC is extremely proud of the Main Street communities that have received this recognition from the National Main Street Center this year,” said PDC executive director, Bill Fontana. “While each and every one of Pennsylvania’s Main Street programs contributes to making their communities great, these 32 accredited communities deserve special recognition. Accreditation is an acknowledgment of the fact that an organization is following and implementing a program that is likely to result in a successful revitalization effort.”

The Main Street Four-Point Approach® based on design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring is a comprehensive, preservation-based strategy for strengthening and sustaining the places and enterprises that make up vibrant and unique communities. NMSC was established in 1980 and leads a network of more than 1,200 state, regional, and local programs, in this common sense approach to addressing the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional central business districts. NMSC is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s core communities.” For information about the 32 accredited communities or the Main Street program, contact Maria Wherley at (717) 233-4675 ext. 116 or email

A complete list of accredited Main Street communities follows.

Borough of Hollidaysburg
Building A Better Boyertown
Butler Downtown Revitalization Committee
Clearfield Revitalization Corporation
Community Action Dev. Corp. – Seventh Street Dev. Committee
Danville Business Alliance
Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group
Downtown Lewistown, Inc.
Downtown Shenandoah, Inc.
Eastburg Community Alliance
Easton Main Street Initiative
Emmaus Main Street Partners
Erie Downtown Partnership
Freeport-Leechburg-Apollo Group
Greensburg Community Development Corp.
Hamilton District Main Street Program
Landmark Towns
Latrobe Community Revitalization Program
Lewisburg Downtown Partnership
Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
Main Street Mount Joy
Manheim Downtown Development Group
Mt Lebanon Municipality
Oil City Main Street
Philipsburg Revitalization Corp
Quakertown Alive!
Reading Downtown Improvement District Auth.
Scranton Tomorrow
The Ardmore Initiative
Venture Lititz
Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful
West Chester Business Improvement District