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See Lancaster SC earns national accreditation

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By Jesef Williams

See Lancaster SC, the city of Lancaster’s marketing arm, has received a national designation as a result of its promotion and revitalization efforts.
In April, See Lancaster was accredited as a National Main Street Program for meeting revitalization standards set by the National Main Street Center, which is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Each year, the National Main Street Center names Main Street programs nationwide that have used revitalization efforts to strengthen the local economy and protect historic structures.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards,” says Valecia Crisafulli, acting director of the National Main Street Center.
“Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable,” Crisafulli said.
See Lancaster has been influential in the opening of the Native American Studies Center and the restoration of the Olde Presbyterian Church, which is now a cultural arts center.
The group has helped establish partnerships that have allowed for renovations to be made to the gym and auditorium at the old Barr Street school. That building is now open for community use.
The National Main Street Center also recognized See Lancaster for its partnerships with Lancaster County School District and local arts agencies to provide enhanced educational opportunities countywide.
“With concentration on commercial and retail relocation and retention, See Lancaster SC has successfully assisted countless numbers with promotion and marketing assistance,” a media release said. “See Lancaster SC, as a department of the city of Lancaster, has established itself as an integral part of the community’s revitalization efforts.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 32 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment.
Participating communities have created 473,535 net new jobs and 109,693 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 236,418 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152