Freeport Downtown Development Foundation Joins National Main Street Center

Freeport, Illinois – Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (FDDF) is pleased to announce their membership to the National Main Street Center.

Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center, Inc. works with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities to encourage preservation-based community revitalization, and has equipped more than 2,000 older commercial districts with the skills, and organizing framework they need for renewal during its 35-year history.

Cumulatively, commercial districts taking part in the Main Street program have spurred the rehabilitation of more than 246,000 buildings, and generated $59.6 billion in new investment, with a net gain of more than 502,728 new jobs, and over 115,000 new businesses. Every dollar a community uses to support its local Main Street program leverages an average of $18 in new investment, making Main Street one of the most successful economic development strategies in America.

FDDF began when the Downtown Business Association and Greater Downtown Freeport group merged in 1998 and has focused on streetscape and beautification, events and promotion, and business retention after a downtown Freeport master plan was completed in 2001.

More recently, during the last five years, FDDF has experienced tremendous growth that called for a restructuring of its committees and organization structure.

Last week, the FDDF board approved joining the National Main Street Center and aligning its committees with the National Main Street Four-Point approach: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring. In the coming months, FDDF will be releasing more information on the new committees and how to get involved in this exciting movement. The membership to the national organization includes:

Access to Main Street Weekly, a weekly newsletter on new trends, stories from the field, and need-to-know information for those in the commercial district revitalization field;

  • Discounts on conferences and trainings produced by the National Main Street Center;
  • Access to their digital library of must-read revitalization publications, including full archives of the Main Street Now Journal;
  • Free online training opportunities;
  • Access to the Main Street Listserv, a forum of commercial district revitalization practitioners;
  • Volunteer management resources and a customizable handbook in the Volunteer Toolkit;
  • Fundraising tips and examples to help make our fundraising efforts more effective in the Fundraising Toolkit;
  • Full access to the Main Street Solution Center with sample documents, articles, reports, and more from your peers and experts in the field—all at our fingertips;
  • Expand your search for the perfect candidate by posting job openings for our local program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s online Career Center. Main Street has its own section.
  • Access to unique insurance products from the National Trust Insurance Services, LLC.
  • Membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which includes Preservation magazine
  • A voice for our issues
  • And much more!

Danielle Rogers, executive director for FDDF, said, “the membership to the National Main Street Center will put downtown Freeport on the radar nationally as a district working hard toward revitalization and growth. Aligning our structure to match their successful program will position us to becoming a designated Main Street Community which will have immeasurable benefits for the city as a whole. Our mission and vision statement does not change but now we’ve got the big boys in our corner and a lot more resources.”

Freeport’s downtown is the core of the economic health of the city. With 208 businesses, and growing, it is FDDF’s goal that the downtown district be a prime place to live, work, shop, and enjoy. Interested volunteers can contact the office at 815-232-9000.

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