4 area Main Street Programs commended for progress

  • Victoria was one of 67 Texas Main Street programs to receive national recognition. The full list of cities includes:

    1. Amarillo

    2. Bastrop

    3. Bay City

    4. Beaumont

    5. Bowie

    6. Brenham

    7. Bridgeport

    8. Canton

    9. Canyon

    10. Carthage

    11. Celina

    12. Clifton

    13. Colorado City

    14. Corsicana

    15. Cotulla

    16. Del Rio

    17. Denison

    18. ...
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    20. Victoria was one of 67 Texas Main Street programs to receive national recognition. The full list of cities includes:

      1. Amarillo

      2. Bastrop

      3. Bay City

      4. Beaumont

      5. Bowie

      6. Brenham

      7. Bridgeport

      8. Canton

      9. Canyon

      10. Carthage

      11. Celina

      12. Clifton

      13. Colorado City

      14. Corsicana

      15. Cotulla

      16. Del Rio

      17. Denison

      18. Denton

      19. Electra

      20. Elgin

      21. Farmersville

      22. Ferris

      23. Gainesville

      24. Georgetown

      25. Goliad

      26. Gonzales

      27. Graham

      28. Grand Saline

      29. Grapevine

      30. Greenville

      31. Harlingen

      32. Henderson

      33. Hillsboro

      34. Huntsville

      35. Kerrville

      36. Kilgore

      37. La Grange

      38. Laredo

      39. Levelland

      40. Livingston

      41. Llano

      42. Longview

      43. Lufkin

      44. McKinney

      45. Mineola

      46. Mount Pleasant

      47. Mount Vernon

      48. Nacogdoches

      49. New Braunfels

      50. Odessa

      51. Palestine

      52. Paris

      53. Pecos

      54. Plainview

      55. Rio Grande City

      56. Rockwall

      57. San Angelo

      58. San Marcos

      59. Seguin

      60. Taylor

      61. Tyler

      62. Uvalde

      63. Vernon

      64. Victoria

      65. Waxahachie

      66. Weatherford

      67. Winnsboro

      Source: Texas Historical Commission news release

Revitalization efforts in Downtown Victoria are gathering attention.

Victoria and three other Crossroads area towns were recently commended for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community. The Texas Historical Commission's Texas Main Street Program made the announcement Jan. 30 at the gathering of Texas Main Street managers.

Also recognized were Goliad, Bay City and Gonzales.

In all, 67 designated Main Street programs in Texas were recognized, according to a Texas Historical Commission news release. These cities will receive national accreditation by the National Trust Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, at the National Main Street conference in New Orleans in April.

The recognition is a notable accomplishment, especially for communities recognized year after year, Debra Farst, the Texas Main Street Program's state coordinator, said in the release.

"Incremental progress that leads to comprehensive success is at the core of the preservation-based Main Street model, and that is exactly what these programs are showing," she said. "This process respects the unique nature of each Main Street community."

Each program is recognized for its own area effort, she said, noting the communities are real places telling real stories.

Accredited programs show above average performance in 10 categories on an annual report. Selection criteria focus on planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic, training and program assessment through reporting.

The state office also works with programs throughout the year by providing various services based upon local needs.

For more information about the national Main Street effort, visit Preservation Nation's website. For information on the Texas Historical Commission's Main Street program, visit thc.state.tx.us.