City of ReadingPennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is honored to recognize that 35 Pennsylvania downtowns have been named “Nationally Accredited Programs” by the National Main Street Center (NMSC). Receiving National Accreditation Main Street Program status is seen as a prominent recognition.

Accredited Main Street programs are evaluated annually by their coordinating program. PDC, the coordinating program of Main Street programs in Pennsylvania, is proud to see these downtowns acknowledged for their determination to meet Main Street principles. All of the 35 communities have met the ten performance standards required by NMSC. These standards include topics such as training requirements, planning methods, and community involvement.

The full list of the 10 standards of performance is explained in detail at the link provided below.

All Main Street programs involved have worked together to build an accomplished community revitalization effort through training and education. Receiving national accreditation shows that these programs are dedicated to creating a change in their community and leading as an example for other programs in the revitalization process.

Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s communities.

Reading, Kutztown, and Boyertown included in accredited programs.

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