On Saturday St. Cloud Main Street, along with the City of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce,  led the official re-opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the downtown St. Cloud Business District. The “2020  Rewind: We  Missed  You  St.  Cloud” event made it possible for residents and visitors to stroll through downtown to shop, support, and welcome back the businesses to some semblance of normalcy amid the months-long pandemic. Face coverings. social distancing and other CDC best practices didn’t dampen the spirits of the merchants, nor those in attendance. It was a clear and warm day with beautiful blue skies… perhaps a sign of what’s to come for the St. Cloud Main Street merchants.

St. Cloud Main Street was recently designated  as  a  2020  Accredited  Main  Street  America™  program.    Accredited  status  is  Main Street  America’s  top  tier  of  recognition  and  signifies  a  demonstrated  commitment  to  comprehensive commercial  district  revitalization  and  proven  track  record  of  successfully  applying  the  Main  Street Approach™.    

President  &  CEO  of  the National  Main  Street  Center, Patrice  Frey said,  “These  Accredited  Main  Street  programs  have  proven  to  be  powerful  engines for  revitalization  by  sparking  impressive  economic  returns  and  preserving  the  character  of  their communities.  During  these  challenging  times,  these  Main  Street  programs  will  be  key  to  bringing economic  vitality  back  to  commercial  districts  and  improving  quality  of  life  during  the  recovery  process.”

St.  Cloud  Main  Street’s  performance  is  evaluated  by  Florida  Main  Street  which  works  in  partnership  with Main  Street  America  to  identify  the  local  programs  that  meet  ten  rigorous  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.

2020  marks  the  20th  year  for  St.  Cloud  Main  Street,  and to date they’ve managed to accumulate 56  state  awards over those years.

St. Cloud Main Street has  expanded  its  footprint  to  include  east  to  Virginia  Ave  and  west  to  Wisconsin Avenue in St. Cloud, both  on  10th  St.  and Lakeshore  Blvd. With  many  historic  preservation  initiatives  under  their  belt  they are working on providing assistance  to  their many local merchants  in  navigating  through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Well done St. Cloud Main Street. We thank you for making a Positive Difference in St. Cloud and throughout Osceola County!