Thursday, August 26, 2010

Clayton Receives 2010 National Main Street Accreditation

Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association have been accredited as a 2010 National Main Street Program.

North Carolina Main Street evaluated the organization’s performance during 2009 and determined it met all ten performance standards and criteria required to be named an accredited National Main Street Program and for meeting the commercial district revitalization standards set by the National Main Street Center.

The Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. ( is a non-profit organization formed to coordinate revitalization work in the historic downtown district. The Clayton DDA advocates and provides business improvement services in the downtown district, administers incentives for downtown improvements, and organizes several special events, including the Town Square Concert Series, Millstock Music & Art Faire, Oktoberfest and the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation ( is a nonprofit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.

Established in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center® helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 30 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $48.9 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 417,919 net new jobs and 94,176 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 214,263 buildings, leveraging an average of $27 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

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