HEART OF JASPER RECOGNIZED AS 2022 MAIN STREET AMERICA AFFILIATE
Heart of Jasper has been designated as an Affiliate Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Affiliate programs to recognize their commitment to create meaningful improvements to their downtowns using preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.
“We are thrilled to acknowledge this year’s 383Affiliate Main Street America programs and their commitment to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities, driving essential local recovery efforts, supporting small businesses, and nurturing vibrant neighborhoods.”
In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support its operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.
Heart of Jasper’s performance is annually evaluated by Indiana Main Street which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive, place-based revitalization efforts and achieving meaningful community outcomes.
President of Heart of Jasper, Maureen Braun, states, “We are honored to be recognized in the Main Street Affiliate Program! Heart of Jasper looks forward to enhancing our community through our volunteer hours, encouraging new businesses, and rehabbing existing buildings.” Director of Heart of Jasper, Kate Schwenk, adds “Main Street America provides many resources and tools that help local main street programs, like us, be successful. We are grateful for the partnership and are honored to be an Affiliate Main Street Program.”