Richmond Main Street celebrates 2017 accreditation

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The Richmond Main Street Initiative has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting the demanding performance objectives set by the National Main Street Center.

The honor comes in the midst of the organization’s yearly Celebrate Downtown campaign that brings community events to Richmond’s historic Main Street district.

This includes the Healthy Village Festival, which took place on Saturday, June 24 and touted record-breaking attendance and participation by community partners who hosted activities and provided health and wellness resources.

Next up in the lineup of community activities are Music on the Main concerts slated for July 26 (Niecey Living Single & the Obamah$, Steven Green & The Lifeline) and August 23 (Andre Thierry, Caribbean Allstars). The Spirit & Soul Festival on September 16, with performances by 1st Ave (Prince) Revue band, Yates Brothers & Sisters, Rhonda Benin, and PUSH will close out the series. In addition to live tunes, all events will feature food from local restaurants, artisan vendors, information booths, a youth stage and children’s activities.

Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community-based non-profit aimed at revamping historic downtown Richmond. The organization works with the City of Richmond, merchants, and residents to boost downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts, and entertainment that reflect the city’s robust and eclectic heritage.

Main Street America has been assisting in the revitalization of older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years, and has grown to a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to place and to creating better communities through preservation-focused economic growth.