Dallas Downtown Association RECOGNIZED AS 2023 MAIN STREET AMERICA AFFILIATE

Last Updated 4/27/2023


DALLAS, OREGON – The Dallas Downtown Association has been designated as an Affiliate Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Affiliate programs to recognize their commitment to create meaningful improvements to their downtowns using preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.

 

“We are very proud to acknowledge this year’s 412 Affiliate Main Street America programs, and their steadfast dedication to nurture economically and culturally vibrant downtown districts,” said Hannah White, Interim President & CEO of Main Street America. “The increase in the size and impact of our network speaks volumes to the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of local communities and drive innovative solutions.”

 

In 2022, Main Street America programs generated $6.2 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 7,657 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 29,174 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,688 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,528,535 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $24.07 of new investment back into their downtown communities.

 

Collectively, 2 million people live or work within the boundaries of designated Main Street America districts. An estimated workforce of 1.1 million people contribute their skills and expertise to advancing the missions of these historic downtowns and commercial corridors.

 

The Dallas Downtown Association’s performance is annually evaluated by the Oregon Main Street Program, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive, place-based revitalization efforts and achieving meaningful community outcomes.

 

Since 2019, the Dallas Downtown Association has brought in nearly $500,000 in funding to downtown Dallas through private and public grant opportunities. This funding has gone to improve buildings like the Carnegie Library, former IOOF meeting hall, and Corby’s Pub. Additional funding has been awarded to improve the quality of life in downtown Dallas through increased bike infrastructure and public art.

 

Tyler Ferrari, Executive Director for the Dallas Downtown Association, stated, “This partnership with Main Street America, and Oregon Main Street is vital to the success of our downtown, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in 2023 and for years to come.”

 

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ABOUT Dallas Downtown Association

The Dallas Downtown Association (DDA) is an organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant downtown as the core of the wonderful city Dallas. Downtown Dallas is a wonderful place to work and visit. With safe and clean streets, devoted business owners, and a supportive community, historic Dallas is a thriving downtown district. The DDA has partnered with property owners, the City, and the Urban Renewal District to revitalize our downtown to include locally painted murals, the successful restoration of historic buildings and signage, as well as extensive and award winning façade work at Corby's Public House. Over $2,000,000 in streetscape work has been done which has made downtown an easier and safer place to navigate.

 

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have generated more than $101.58 billion in new public and private investment, generated 168,693 net new businesses and 746,897 net new jobs, rehabilitated more than 325,119 buildings, and levered over 33.7 million volunteer hours. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.

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