Ken ward

Ken Ward

Opelika Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program, according to Executive Director Ken Ward.

“Opelika Main Street is one of Alabama’s oldest Main Street organizations,” said Ward. “This recognition shows the strength of our organization and the success of our efforts to grow and sustain Opelika’s thriving downtown.”

Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proven to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities.”

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

In recent years, Opelika has seen over $1 million invested downtown along with dozens of new or incoming businesses.

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