By John Papadopoulos
LINCOLNTON – Along with 19 other communities, Lincolnton has achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center based upon its 2013 performance.
The N.C. Main Street Center reapproved the town based on 10 commercial district revitalization standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Urban Development announced the news July 22. Lincolnton has a wide variety of economic and social development programs listed on the town’s website. The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton has created a walking tour of the downtown area that guides visitors through all of the noteworthy sites. Some of the main attractions are the historic businesses, churches and two restaurants that fill up everyday for lunch and dinner: Court Street Grill and City Lunch.
The Business and Community Development Department of the city is hoping to recruit more businesses and create new living spaces downtown.
Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Office of Urban Development, said local Main Street programs reinforce “the overall economy of their communities and, in turn, that of North Carolina as a whole.”
Lincolnton first received its certification as a Main Street community in 1995 and is the only municipality within Lincoln County to be part of the program.
To renew its accreditation, Lincolnton submits a form each year and has a representative attend a meeting with the N.C. Main Street Center.
Having Main Street accreditation does not bring "hard dollars" to the town, but it gives it access to the Main Street program’s resources.
Lincolnton can get all the latest information regarding grants and they can take development ideas from the extensive Listserv of programs implemented by other Main-Street-accredited communities across the nation. The city recently shared its recommendations to other developers through the Main Street Listserv.
About the Main Street program
The Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment over the last 34 years. Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs.