Winnsboro Main Street

Main Street National Accreditation Certificates were awarded at the recent 40th Annual Louisiana Preservation Conference in Baton Rouge.  Winnsboro Main Street Manager Kay LaFrance, center, is shown receiving the certificate from Kristin Sanders, Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, and Ray Scriber, Director, Louisiana Main Street. (Submitted picture)

Winnsboro Main Street has been designated 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 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.

Since becoming an official Louisiana Main Street community in 1988, Winnsboro’s statistics over the years have shown: $13,085,000 total investment, 96 net new businesses, 606 net new jobs, 74,897 volunteer hours and 6,815 total volunteers.  These numbers are reported on a quarterly basis and recorded by the state office and are listed in the recent publication, “A Shared Table, A Study of the Impacts of Louisiana Main Street,” prepared by the Washington, D.C.-based group, Place Economics.

Winnsboro Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by Louisiana Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center 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.

Kay LaFrance-Knight has served as Winnsboro’s Main Street Manager since 2003.  Members of the Board of Directors include Paul Price, Jr., Doyle Hassell, Susan Black Russell, Cloid White, Ken Hill, Karen Armstrong, Carmen Sims and Wade Walley.  Serving as ex officio members are Brenda Struth, president of the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor John Dumas, City of Winnsboro.

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