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Downtown Camas Association receives 2023 Main Street America accreditation

The Columbian
Published: September 16, 2023, 5:53am

CAMAS — The Downtown Camas Association has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America program for meeting standards for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.

“We are very proud to acknowledge this year’s 862 Accredited 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.”

Downtown Camas Association’s performance is annually evaluated by Washington Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify local programs that meet national performance standards. To qualify for accreditation, communities must meet a set of standards that include commitments to building grass roots revitalization programs, fostering strong public-private partnerships, nurturing economic opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.

“We are very proud and honored to be a part of the Main Street America Community,” said Carrie Schulstad, executive director of the Downtown Camas Association. “We consider the standards that are held by Main Street America to be the ones that help guide our organization to reach the heights that will truly help our community be healthy, strong and sustainable. Having methods that are proven and a network of people and resources to reach out to as needed are invaluable. The DCA has been accredited through Main Street America since 2017 and they consistently offer new, relevant learning opportunities and are conducting and reporting community research to help us all grow.”