Downtown Vision accredited for ninth straight year


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Garden City Downtown Vision has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for the ninth straight year after meeting commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

Garden City became a Main Street community in 2004.

Downtown Vision's overall performance was evaluated and reviewed by the National Trust Main Street Center. It identified local programs that met 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program's success in building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts, execution of its stated mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking economic progress, and work toward the preservation of historic buildings.

Beverly Schmitz Glass, Downtown Vision executive director, said receiving national accreditation again and being designated a Kansas Main Street program eight years in a row speaks volumes about the dedication of Downtown Vision members, the board, committee members and volunteers.

It also demonstrates the "commitment the city and local residents have in making Garden City the community of choice in southwest Kansas," she said. "There is always much work to be done, but we believe we have a downtown that is pretty special and certainly open for business," she said.

Shonda Collins, Downtown Vision board president, said each year the National Trust and its partners recognize programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and have demonstrated the ability to use the Main Street four-point approach of design, organization, promotion and economic development to strengthen the local economy and protect historical buildings.

"We were cited for meeting the challenges of the recession head on and for successfully launching a comprehensive economic development strategy to keep our Main Street vibrant and sustainable," Collins said.

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