Gardnerville receives 2020 Main Street America Accreditation

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has announced that seven communities in Nevada have been recognized by Main Street America for their demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™.

  • Gardnerville received the top tier of recognition being designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program.
  • Ely, Wells, Mesquite, Tonopah, Reno, and Winnemucca received designation as Affiliate Main Street America™ programs in recognition of their dedication to creating positive change in their downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach™.

“Nevada Main Street leaders are dedicated to revitalizing their downtown districts to make the heart of their historic communities thriving economic districts,” Michael Brown, GOED Executive Director said. “We are proud to support their efforts to restore these unique Nevada downtowns.”

As the only Main Street Accredited program in Nevada in 2019, Gardnerville reported $1.88 million was generated in public and private reinvestment, seven new businesses were opened, 21 new jobs were created, four buildings were rehabilitated, and volunteers contributed 5,840 hours of their time.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities and also proud to acknowledge this year’s 341 Main Street America Affiliate programs and their commitment to the revitalization of their commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Especially during these difficult times, these Main Street programs will be crucial to strengthening their economies and ensuring their downtowns remain vibrant in the years to come.”

In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.

GOED administers the Nevada Main Street program to help local programs meet the 10 rigorous standards of Main Street America. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.



About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and the Governor’s Office to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at


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