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Pleasanton Downtown Association recognized for its commitments to city's center

Programs preserve their historic character, revitalize commercial district, organization says

The Pleasanton Downtown Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program.

The national accreditation is given annually to organizations such as the PDA in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.

The commercial district revitalization performance standards are set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center's performance standards," said Patrice Frey, president and chief executive of the National Main Street Center.

"Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit," she added.

The organizations eligible for accreditation are evaluated annually by California Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.

Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts.

Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment.

Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

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