RALEIGH — Waynesville has been named one of 39 North Carolina towns receiving national main street recognition for 2017.
According to a release by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs, which have demonstrated best practices in community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach:
— Organization: Building partnerships to create a consistent revitalization program and develop effective management and leadership downtown with diverse groups.
— Promotion: Reestablishing downtown as a compelling place for shoppers, investors and visitors. Promotion ranges from street festivals to retail merchandising, from community education to marketing and public relations.
— Design: Enhancing the visual quality of the downtown.
— Economic Vitality: Strengthening the existing economic assets of the business district while diversifying its economic base.
“Strong, thriving main streets are a key in ensuring strong communities, especially in rural parts of the state,” said Anthony M. Copeland, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce. “We’re proud that our Main Street communities have been recognized on a national level for their achievements.”