Kingsville Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”
In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.
The Kingsville Main Street performance is annually evaluated by the Texas Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
During 2018, $2,493,480 was reinvested in Kingsville’s Main Street District, there were 13 new business starts or relocations and 837 volunteer hours logged. Projects included improvements to the downtown park to include public restrooms, sidewalks and fencing; a display cover for an outside exhibit at the 1904 Train Depot Museum; restoration of the historic bollard and chain perimeter fencing around the downtown post office; a new building constructed downtown by Texas A&M University-Kingsville; two major renovations of privately owned buildings; and National Register District designation for the historic downtown commercial core of the city. The monthly farmers market is in its fourth year and going strong. “Having the Kingsville Main Street Program recognized nationally is a great honor and validates all the hard work that the Main Street Advisory Board, volunteers, city staff and the City of Kingsville has contributed to making the program a success,” Kingsville Downtown Manager Cynthia Martin said.