TDDA receives 2017 National Main Street accreditation

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Plans celebration at June 26 annual meeting

Tryon Downtown Development 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 coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

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TDDA has produced several successful events, including the annual favorites: Halloween Stroll, Tryon BeerFest, Christmas Stroll and Tryon Midnight. In addition, TDDA produced a business recruitment package, market analysis, and hosted Mountain BizWorks Foundation classes.

TDDA additionally produced the first Tryon Rhythm & Wine Festival, a renewed April Fool’s Day event, and welcomed several new businesses to downtown. TDDA and the Town of Tryon have worked diligently to further establish and grow in an excellent relationship between TDDA, the Town of Tryon Mayor and Board of Commissioners, as well as town staff.

The solid relationship between TDDA, the Town of Tryon, and support of the Polk County Community Foundation over many years since its inception has enabled TDDA and the Town to become a nationally accredited Main Street Community.

The TDDA will celebrate its accreditation and review accomplishments at their annual meeting, to be held on Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at Sunnydale. The entire Tryon community is invited to attend. TDDA executive director, Jamie Carpenter will speak about the upcoming years ahead for downtown, including inviting volunteers to serve on committees to fulfill the community and economic development goals for downtown.

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– article submitted by Jamie Carpenter