What is Main Street

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Mount Vernon is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street Iowa community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers. 

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Main Street Iowa Resources and Information

Main Street Iowa – Iowa Department of Economic Development
Latest News Releases from Main Street and IDED
National Main Street – National Trust for Historic Preservation website
Keep Iowa Beautiful – beautification and growing tourism in the state
Iowa Finance Authority – Main Street Mortgage Loan Program
State Historical Society of Iowa – archives, education, historic sites, etc.
New Rules Project – a project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance