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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

Main Street Washington nationally re-accredited

By David Hotle | Jun 25, 2014

For the sixth year in a row, Main Street Iowa has re-accredited Main Street Washington for meeting performance standards throughout the year.
Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula said that the state holds a two-day program review each year to go over the progress of the program. Reviewers meet with each of the Main Street committees, the city council, county supervisors and the Main Street Board to discuss what can be done better and what is being done well. A report is issued each year. She said that the program just got its certificate for 2014.
“Last year’s meeting was a very positive meeting,” Sadrakula said. “We had some things on our list to get done, but nothing critical.”
She said that the Clean SWEEP program and the Washington Incentive Fund (WIF) both are programs that brought praise from the state Main Street program. Sadrakula said that improvements in the program’s Web site and social media sites were also complimented.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”
This year the review will be held July 8-9.
Sadrakula said that Main Street had reached another milestone this year in tracking over $5 million in property reinvestment as a result of the WIF program over the past six years. Main Street Washington is engaged in WIF round 5 and hopes to offer another round in the fall.  
“We’re very proud of the success that Main Street has had with the Washington Incentive Fund,” Sadrakula said. “It has been an incredibly useful tool encouraging both reinvesting and historic preservation of the Historic Buildings of Downtown.”

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