Belen MainStreet Partnership Receives Main Street America 2022 Accreditation

BELEN — Belen MainStreet Partnership has been designated an Accredited Main Street America™ program to meet rigorous performance standards.

Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their outstanding commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.

“We are extremely proud to recognize Main Street America’s 863 nationally accredited programs this year who have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice. Frey, president and CEO of Main Street America. “In another incredibly challenging year, these programs have demonstrated the ability of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their unwavering leadership and innovative solutions to boost vital local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown neighborhoods.

In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and mobilized 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar spent by a Main Street program to support its operations, it generated $19.34 in new investments in Main Street communities.

The performance of the Belen MainStreet Partnership is evaluated annually by New Mexico MainStreet, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards.

Judging criteria determine communities that develop meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as promoting strong public-private partnerships, supporting small businesses and local businesses, and actively preserving places, spaces and historic cultural property.

Belen MainStreet Partnership was established in 2009 as a startup program and became an accredited program in 2014. During that time, the nonprofit organization has brought over $2 million in rehabilitations to downtown de Belen, with the last project completed in 2021, the large blocks on MainStreet phase 1 with reinvestment of over $700,000.

“More exciting projects are underway as we revitalize our downtown, one building at a time,” said Rhona Espinoza, executive director of the Belen MainStreet Partnership. “Our Board of Directors and our volunteers are dynamic and visionary. »



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