Downtown Milford, Inc. receives National Main Street Accreditation for 11th year

Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) announced that it has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for the 11th straight year, meeting rigorous 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 exemplary 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 & 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.

Downtown Milford, Inc.’s performance is annually evaluated by the State of Delaware, Division of Small Business which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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.

Downtown Milford, Inc. was supported by over 2,715 volunteer hours valued at an estimated $54,300. These volunteers helped support a variety of events including the 15th Annual Bug & Bud Festival, the 13th Annual Holiday Stroll, the Santa House, the St Patrick’s Weekend, Milford in Bloom and our first annual Ladybug Festival celebrating women in music. DMI was honored to receive the Kent County Tourism’s Quaint Village of the Year Award and Southern Delaware Tourism’s Best New Event for the Ladybug Festival-Milford.

The organization has promoted Downtown Milford shopping through its Shop Early, Shop Late, Shop Local Third Thursday discount button. Recent community projects included a $277,000 investment in the restoration of the historic Bank House as a bed and breakfast as well as the planed redevelopment of the Vinyard Shipyard, the last shipyard on the Delaware Coast. In honor of its ship building heritage, banners in the shape of sails are being decorated by local artists for display along the City’s Riverwalk later this Spring.

“Everyone says Milford is the next big thing to happen in Delaware but the reality is, it’s already happening,” said Murrie Zlotziver, DMI’s Executive Director.

About Downtown Milford, Inc.

Downtown Milford, Incorporated, is a dynamic multi-faceted economic development organization that serves as positive force in the community at large. We work with business and property owners to beautify, revitalize, protect, preserve, and promote our historic riverside district. DMI operates as 501c3 nonprofit organization and is accredited through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Downtown Delaware Program.

About Main Street America

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated 640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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