Special to the
Opelika Observer

Opelika Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street ApproachTM.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, president & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proven to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities. During these challenging times, these Main Street programs will be key to bringing economic vitality back to commercial districts and improving quality of life during the recovery process.”

In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.

In recent years Opelika has seen over $1 million invested downtown along with dozens of new or incoming businesses.

Opelika Main Street’s performance is evaluated by Main Street Alabama, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet 10 rigorous performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine 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.

“Opelika Main Street is one of Alabama’s oldest Main Street organizations,” said Opelika Main Street Executive Director Ken Ward. “This recognition shows the strength of our organization and the success of our efforts to grow and sustain Opelika’s thriving downtown!”

About Opelika Main Street

Opelika Main Street helps Opelika thrive by promoting small businesses through exciting events, projects and social media engagement. Founded in 1987, Main Street has helped assist in the revitalization of historic downtown Opelika through facade grants, beatification projects, business recruitment and various community events. Learn more about Opelika Main Street by going to opelikamainstreet.org or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.