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Posted on: February 26, 2019

Main Street District Brownsville Earns National Accreditation

Main Street District Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (February 26, 2019) – The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Main Street District Brownsville for successful annual progress in carrying out national performance standards for a Main Street community. Main Street District Brownsville is one of 68 communities across the country to be recommended this year.

The City of Brownsville was designated a Texas Main Street District in 2016. Since that time, Main Street District Brownsville has implemented the Downtown Overlay District which provides incentives for new downtown businesses, the completion of the Historic Resources Survey Update and the National Register Historic District nomination which has been approved by the Texas Historical Commission’s State Board of Review. Upon final approval by the National Main Street Center/Main Street America™, Main Street District Brownsville will be announced as nationally accredited during the Main Street Now conference March 25–27 in Seattle, Washington.

“Since 1981, many Texas communities have participated in the Main Street network and used its preservation-based framework to generate positive economic gains for their local economies and the state,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “These positive strides happen because of local commitment to prioritize historic downtowns.”

“The revitalization of our historic Downtown Brownsville has been made possible by the support of our Brownsville City Commission, our local partners and the dedicated city staff who work for a better quality of life in our community,” said Planning & Development Services Director Constanza Miner. “This national accreditation for the second consecutive year demonstrates Brownsville’s potential for growth. We will continue to support and grow our local economy while preserving our rich history.”

To achieve accreditation, local programs provide evidence of annual progress under selection criteria including engaged partnerships, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic, physical improvements in the district, and growth in program capacity. The state office also works with programs throughout the year providing services catered to local needs.

To learn more about Main Strict District Brownsville, visit, follow the Main Street Brownsville Facebook page, or contact the Downtown District Manager Miriam Suarez at 956-548-6150.

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