The N.C. Department of Commerce's Main Street & Rural Planning Center has announced that Smithfield is one 39 North Carolina communities to have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs, which have demonstrated best practices in community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.

"Strong, thriving main streets are a key in ensuring strong communities, especially in rural parts of the state," said Anthony M. Copeland, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce. "We're proud that our Main Street communities have been recognized on a national level for their achievements.  These local programs assist communities in bringing jobs and businesses to their downtowns, which helps overall communities enjoy a healthier, more robust economy."

North Carolina is one of the original states to administer the National Main Street Program.  The North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center evaluates each of the state's local Main Street organizations annually to identify those programs that meet ten performance standards.

"Those communities meeting the standards understand that downtown economic development requires a comprehensive approach, which is the basis for the National Main Street Program," said Liz Parham, director of the North Carolina Main Street Center.  "We're proud of the accomplishments of the 39 North Carolina communities that have achieved national accreditation."
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