New Main Street Maryland Communities Announced
Three towns receive designation
CROWNSVILLE, MD (February 27, 2012) – Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Raymond A. Skinner announced that three new cities and towns have been designated as Main Street Maryland communities under the Department’s Main Street Maryland Program. The latest additions to the state’s roster of Main Street Maryland communities are Centreville, Ocean City, and Sykesville.
"Strong main streets with thriving business districts and neighborhoods are the foundation for healthy, sustainable communities," said Governor Martin O’Malley. "These three towns will be great additions to the Main Street Maryland program due to their strong commitment to downtown revitalization, and they will surely serve as great examples of Smart, Green & Growing communities."
Created in 1998, Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that is recognized nationally as a model for Smart Growth. The program strengthens the economic potential of Maryland's traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities which have made a commitment to revitalization, and helps them increase private-sector small business investment, and improve the appearance and image of their core business districts. Before the additions of the recently announced communities, the program had designated 23 communities in 16 counties, resulting in the opening of 1,392 new businesses and the creation of 5.574 new jobs. A full list of Main Street Maryland communities is included below.
The Main Street Maryland Program uses the Main Street Four-Point Approach® for commercial revitalization, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. Main Street Maryland also incorporated a Fifth Point: "Clean, Safe, and Green" which stresses the sustainable principles of Governor O’Malley’s Smart, Green & Growing initiative. The Five Points are:
- Design which enhances the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning;
- Organization which seeks to build consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process;
- Promotion which supports marketing the traditional commercial district's assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors;
- Economic Restructuring to strengthen the district's existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development; and
- Clean, Safe, and Green through which community leaders form “green teams” to promote beautification, water and energy conservation, and other sustainable development practices.
"I’m happy to welcome Centreville, Ocean City and Sykesville to the Main Street Maryland program," said Secretary Skinner. "With public and private investment in our traditional commercial districts, we can enable entrepreneurship and job creation in these communities. The Main Street Maryland program has a proven track record of using precious state resources to support local strategies and expertise as well as leveraging community resources to create a better future for our cities and towns."
Main Street Maryland is partnering with Baltimore Main Streets to host the National Main Streets Conference in Baltimore April 1-4, 2012. The four-day conference is the only commercial district revitalization, educational and networking event that blends economic development, community revitalization and historic preservation. The conference offers not just Baltimore City, but the State of Maryland the opportunity to highlight the successful public-private partnerships, job creation and business growth that has resulted from the Main Street approach.
Smart, Green & Growing is a multi-agency, statewide initiative launched by Governor O’Malley to help Maryland achieve a more sustainable future by linking community revitalization, transportation improvements, economic development, smart growth and environmental restoration efforts. For more information about Smart, Green & Growing, visit http://green.maryland.gov
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