LANSING – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced this week that downtown Wayland has been recognized as a Nationally Accredited Main Street community by the National Trust Main Street Center and the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA.
The Michigan Main Street Center is part of MSHDA’s effort to create vibrant communities across the state. Numerous recent studies show that investing in our downtowns creates vibrant centers where people want to live, work and invest. The mission of the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA is to encourage community revitalization and economic development through:
- Organization: assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program
- Promotion: selling a positive image of the commercial district and encouraging consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district
- Design: capitalizing on the district’s best assets, such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets
- Economic restructuring: strengthening a community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base
“The Michigan Main Street Program provides communities with the tools needed to develop into thriving districts,” said Laura Krizov, manager of the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA. “These tools can be used to create jobs, attract and retain residents and investment while building a sense of place in Michigan communities.”
The Michigan Main Street Selected and Master Level communities are evaluated annually using a year-end evaluation process and National accreditation criteria. This criterion is intended to assist each community in performing up to National Accreditation standards as prescribed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Though accreditation as a Michigan Main Street community is a significant milestone, it is also critical for the community to maintain the accreditation status once it has been earned.
“Wayland Main Street has made many efforts toward their revitalization goals using the Main Street Approach®,” said Krizov. “We are happy to recognize their program as Nationally Accredited this year.”
Individuals interested in more information can contact Laura Krizov, manager of the Michigan Main Street.