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Lawrenceville Main Street Receives National Main Street Accreditation

Lawrenceville, NJ - June 23, 2005

This year, the efforts of Lawrenceville Main Street earned it recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting standards for performance set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center. Lawrenceville Main Street joins 593 other Main Street revitalization programs nationally recognized as 2005 Accredited National Main Street Programs.

The National Accreditation means the Main Street program is meeting our national standards of performance for what a Main Street program should be doing," said Doug Loescher, director of National Trust's Main Street program. "The organizations we name each year as National Main Street Programs are those that have demonstrated the skills needed to succeed in Main Street revitalization."

The annual accreditation process evaluates commercial district revitalization programs based on criteria ranging from having an active board of directors and paid professional manager to tracking economic progress and preserving historic Main Street buildings.

"Rebuilding a district's economic health and maintaining that success requires broad-based community involvement, active support from both the public and private sectors, and sound management," said Loescher. "Having a solid organization at the foundation of that revitalization effort is so important to long term success."

The organization's performance was evaluated by Main Street New Jersey, which is the coordinating organization for Main Street programs in New Jersey. Lawrenceville Main Street is one of eighteen active programs in the State.

Buz Donnelly, President of Lawrenceville Main Street, said, "This honor for Lawrenceville Main Street is a credit to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard over the last nine and one-half years. I am proud to serve as President of this organization that has such a strong track record of accomplishments."

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. Recipient of the National humanities Meal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Its Washington, DC headquarters staff; six regional offices and 25 historic sites work with the Trust's 200,000 members and thousands of local community groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the Trust's website at www.nationaltrust.org.

Lawrenceville Main Street is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit civic improvement organization. Since it's inception nine and one-half years ago the Village of Lawrenceville has seen design improvements, increased traffic safety and more promotional activities and has welcomed forty-four new businesses. In July of 1997 Lawrenceville was recognized by the State of New Jersey as an official Main Street New Jersey community.

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