The THC’s Texas Main Street Programs (TMSP) made the announcement February 10 at the winter gathering of the Texas Main Street managers in New Braunfels, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Texas Main Street city.
The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 2016 marks TMSP’s 35th anniversary. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and to increase quality of life. During 2015, more than $216 million was reinvested into Texas’ 90 Main Street districts. Additionally, 327 small businesses and 1,710 jobs were created.
Main Street programs are staffed, but rely on community volunteers to carry out the program. In 2015, Main Street volunteers reported more than 115,000 hours of work donated in support of the program. Main Street volunteers, staff, and other local partners are recognized through both state recognition and national accreditation.
In order to measure the success of Main Street programs and ensure annual goals are being achieved, local Main Street programs are recognized through an annual accreditation process. The success of accredited Texas Main Street programs has been proven through 35 years of substantial return on investment to local communities across the state.
Canyon has received National Accreditation 12 of the 13 times it has been eligible. Since the program began its affiliation with Main Street 14 years ago, the reinvestment reports submitted for the community show:
· Overall reinvestment of $36,718,142
· Creation of 198 jobs and 59 small businesses
· The contribution of 5,584 volunteer hours in support of the program, showing the community’s commitment to its downtown
Evelyn Ecker, Executive Director of Canyon Main Street, would like to thank all of our volunteers and members of the community for the support we have received over the past 14 years as a nationally accredited Main Street City. Canyon continues to improve economically and enhance physically to improve quality of life for citizens, as well as create a memorable experience for the increasing amount of visitors. This is all made possible with the combined efforts of the volunteers and citizens of Canyon, along with Canyon Main Street.