Tammy Rhodes, executive director of Main Street Ronceverte, is proud to announce that the organization has received Main Street America accreditation for 2020. \u201cA lot of hard work and effort in the community goes toward this,\u201d Rhodes said. \u201cWe are loud and proud.\u201d\r\n\r\nThis exclusive designation signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive community revitalization and a proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are thrilled to recognize this year\u2019s Accredited and Affiliate programs and their dedication to the revitalization of their commercial districts,\u201d said Patrice Frey, president & CEO of the National Main Street Center. \u201cTheir hard work to advance strong local economies and improve the quality of life in their downtowns is what makes our national movement so powerful. Especially during these difficult times, the Main Street Network will be crucial to strengthening local economies and ensuring downtowns remain vibrant in the years to come.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new jobs were created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.\r\n\r\nStatewide, countywide, and citywide Coordinating Programs evaluate, select, and recommend qualifying communities to Main Street America on an annual basis. Communities must meet ten rigorous standards to qualify for Accreditation status. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.