Rockland Main Street Inc. has once again been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

Rockland is one of only 10 communities in the state of Maine to be fully accredited in this national program. The city’s downtown community and economic development advocacy group became organized and received its 501[c][3] status in 2009.

Rockland Main Street Inc. is a focused partnership of residents, businesses and local government that seeks to enhance and protect the unique sense of place and economic vitality of downtown Rockland, Maine.

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Maine Downtown Center, a program within the Maine Development Foundation, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.