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National honor for Sylvania
City earns National Main Street Program designation
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The front of the Better Hometown office is shown in downtown Sylvania.

      SYLVANIA - For the fifth time, the Downtown Development Authority/Better Hometown of Sylvania has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
      Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.
      "We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards," said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center.
      "Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the recession head on," he said, "and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable."
      The Sylvania Downtown Authority is evaluated annually to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.
      These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual program's application of the four-point approach to commercial district revitalization.
      Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress, and preserving historic buildings.
      "This is the fifth year the Downtown Development Authority/Better Hometown of Sylvania has received accreditation on the national level," said Hilda Boykin, the group's manager.

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