Main Street Toccoa Receives National Accreditation

Main Street Toccoa again receives national accreditation.

Last month, Main Street Toccoa was designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for the 15th year.

Main Street Toccoa Director Connie Tabor said it is an honor to receive the recognition again this year.

“We are excited to receive the accreditation for the 15th year in a row and it is always good to be recognized by not only our state agencies, but also our National Main Street agency and we are excited that again, we were accredited, and look forward to another 15 years of accreditation in the future,” said Tabor.

The National Main Street Center said it works with the Georgia Downtown Association each year to evaluate Main Street Toccoa and other Main Street programs in the state on whether they meet ten different performance standards.

Officials said those standards set the benchmarks for measuring how well a Main Street program follows the National Main Street Four-Point Approach to commercial district revitalization.

Those four points include organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.

Over the past year, Main Street Toccoa has executed 20 downtown events, received Georgia Department of Economic Development grant funds, continued weekly communication with business owners, published a Main Street Directory, awarded seven facade grants, and continued the downtown historic plaque program.

Toccoa Main Street said its goals moving forward include continuing those efforts while working to also continue developing the Schaefer Center as a downtown anchor and identifying and pursuing new businesses.

National Main Street Center President Patrice Frey said the center congratulates all of this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the performance standards.