LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – Main Street America has made Downtown Longview an Accredited Main Street America program for their “exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development.”

“We are very proud to acknowledge this year’s 862 Accredited Main Street America programs, and their steadfast dedication to nurture economically and culturally vibrant downtown districts,” said Hannah White, interim president and CEO of Main Street America. “The increase in the size and impact of our network speaks volumes to the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of local communities and drive innovative solutions.”

The Texas Historical Commission evaluates Downtown Longview annually for these criteria:

  • building grassroots revitalization programs
  • fostering strong public-private partnerships
  • nurturing economic opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs
  • preserving historic places, spaces and cultural assets

“For One Hundred Acres of Heritage to receive the National Main Street accreditation is an honor. It would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of all of our Downtown Longview Board Members and the excellent facilitation from Main Street Coordinator Nickolas Mayfield,” said Main Street board president Hank Guichelaar.

Other East Texas cities that have been accredited include:

  • Livingston
  • Nacogdoches
  • San Augustine
  • Palestine
  • Carthage
  • Tyler
  • Kilgore
  • Canton
  • Mineola
  • Winnsboro
  • Pittsburg
  • Linden
  • Mount Vernon
  • Texarkana

To learn more, visit the City of Longview online.