Main Street Vero Beach receives national accreditation


Elaine Jones
Carolyn Kleinpeter

Main Street Vero Beach has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous 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 exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten 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, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) produces over 51 events per year that includes The Hibiscus Festival, Coffee with the Mayor, Downtown Friday, Quarterly Networking Breakfasts, Vintage Markets, Car Shows, Holiday for Heroes, The Shop Small Event with a staff of one full time person and one part time person and a host of dedicated volunteers. In addition to events, many community projects are promoted to bring awareness downtown such as the new Kiosks that will be placed around the Historic District of Downtown, the newly designed MSVB Welcome Center & Studios including a full wall Mural replicating downtown, Baskets2Banners beautifying downtown and a new MSVB App that will soon be publicized to promote our merchants in the area. Our current team as increased membership more than threefold within the past year.

Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) is a 501©3 non-profit organization; funds raised go toward the promotion of restoration, beautification and community of Historic Downtown. Sponsorships, grants and memberships are our primary revenue stream in addition to all our monthly events that help MSVB’s mission to stimulate our Vero Beach Downtown and help contribute to the growth of our restaurants, retailers, and members.

Consider teaming up with MSVB to foster support of a positive image for our community to residents and visitors alike; that help create job opportunities and development of a thriving downtown; and assists in the preservation of the community’s historic resources. Many volunteer opportunities for MSVB are available with our events and we are open to discuss creative ideas to improve our downtown. The Main Street Vero Beach Welcome Center is conveniently situated at 2036 14th Avenue next to The Old Theatre. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F. Contact us at 772.643.6782, by email at or stop by at our 2036 14th Avenue Welcome Center location. Be sure to Like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter and download the Distrx Main Street App to receive special promotions and information from our downtown merchants.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. ###

Photo Credit: J. Scott Kelly Island Images Prof. Photography Studio, Inc.

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