CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (4/24/19) -- Six Corners Association has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for 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.
The Six Corners Association performance is annually evaluated by the National Main Street Center acting as interim coordinating program for the state of Illinois, 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.
Six Corners Association serves approximately 175 local business, has increased its membership from 60 to more than 150 in five years, and has partnered with 50+ new businesses that have opened within the boundaries of SSA 28-2014 since 2014. The organization gained statewide attention for its use of public art in revitalizing Milwaukee Ave., its neighborhood's "main street" corridor, launched Social after Six and County Fair Chicago, installed a People Spot, and hosts more than 20 events per year. Additionally, Six Corners Association has assisted small businesses in receiving more than $1.6 million in Small Business Improvement Funds (SBIF).
ABOUT SIX CORNERS ASSOCIATION
Six Corners Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit economic development organization located on Chicago's northwest side that fosters the development of a thriving commercial district by mentoring and connecting community-minded businesses, attracting customers, and engaging in intentional planning for the district's future. The organization formed in 2002.
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.