Corinth wins downtown designation

By The Associated Press

CORINTH — Corinth has been accredited by the National Main Street Program for its success in revitalizing the downtown area.

The Daily Corinthian reports that the Mississippi Main Street Association announced the accreditation after Corinth met commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Main Street organizations are evaluated annually by the Mississippi group, which works with the National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet performance standards.

The evaluation criteria identify communities that are building sustainable revitalization efforts. It includes standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings.

Officials of Mississippi Main Street say participating cities in the state generated 228 new businesses and 1,248 new jobs in 2012.

The National Main Street Center was established in 1980 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It helps communities revitalize older and historic commercial districts.