Rio Grande City Main Street is once again designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Accreditation is the highest level a downtown revitalization program can achieve.
Rio Grande City’s Main Street Program is evaluated annually by Texas Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking economic progress, preserving historic buildings and more.
“The impact our Main Street Program has on our community is remarkable. They bring our people, our economy and our environment together; building from our history to improve our future,“ said Mayor Villarreal. “We are extremely proud of the hard work our Main Street, our Advisory Board members and volunteers do everyday.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Rosa Gonzalez, Rio Grande City Main Street Advisory Board President. “It supports our efforts in carrying out Main Street’s vision as the center of historical preservation, economic growth, community pride and tourism.”
The Rio Grande City Main Street Program provides several services and assistance available to Main Street businesses including: Design Assistance from the Texas Historical Commission and much more. Rio Grande City Main Street also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.