The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will recommend Canyon for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 68 to be recognized this year.
The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and increased the quality of life. During 2017, approximately $500 million was reinvested into Texas’ 89 Main Street districts. Additionally, 388 small businesses and 2,329 jobs were created.
Since 2002, $46,406,447 has been reinvested back into the Canyon community through various partnerships and public-private partnerships. Canyon Main Street continuously sees more than 40 volunteers serving on committees and helping out with projects and events. To be recognized again this year would not be possible without the support of the community and a shared vision.
Main Street programs in Texas are minimally staffed but rely on community volunteers to carry out the program. In 2017, Main Street volunteers reported more than 119,178 hours of work donated in support of the program.
“The Texas Main Street Program continues to provide a substantial return on investment to local communities across the state,” said Mark Wolfe, THC Executive Director.
Upon final approval by the National Main Street Center/Main Street America™, these local programs will be announced as Nationally Accredited during the upcoming Main Street Now conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 26–28.
“The state recognition and national accreditation recognizes the hard work of these local programs, and the value placed on their historic downtowns,” said Debra Drescher, TMSP state coordinator.
Selection criteria focus on annual progress in planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic, training, and program assessment through reporting. The state office also works with programs throughout the year by providing various services catered to local needs.
For additional information about the national Main Street effort, visit www.mainstreet.org/home. For more information on the THC’s Texas Main Street Program visit thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-main-street.