CHICAGO (March 2019) –The National Main Street Center is pleased to
announce that Jonathan Irick of Main Street Laurens in is among the third
cohort of recipients of the Main Street America Revitalization Professional
(MSARP) credential, the highest credential achievable through the Main Street
America Institute. Jonathan was recognized along with seven other recipients
from across the country at the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Wa.,
on March 27, 2019.
Jonathan has been the Director of Main Street Laurens since 2006. Prior to that,
he worked at Earl Thomason Jewelers on the square for 14 years, graduated from
Lander University in 1997 and Laurens District 55 High School in 1993. During
his tenure as the Director of Main Street Laurens, Jonathan has continued to lead
the program and it’s many volunteers to become a model program both across
the state and nationally. Main Street Laurens is a non- profit organization with a
mission to promote, improve and preserve the unique character and economic
vitality of downtown Laurens.
“We are proud of this cohort of MSARP recipients, and their dedication to the
field of commercial district revitalization,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO
of the National Main Street Center. “Developing the tools and leadership capacity
to enact strategic, community-driven efforts is essential for Main Street
programs. We are excited to see all that these leaders will accomplish in their
communities in years to come.”
Launched in 2016, the Main Street America Institute is the National Main Street
Center’s targeted professional development training program aimed to equip
downtown and commercial district leaders with the knowledge needed to lead
results-oriented and preservation-based community revitalization organizations.
Through completing a series of ten online courses, two multi-day workshops, and
a capstone examination, MSARP graduates demonstrate mastery of critical
leadership development practices and advanced fundamentals of community
development techniques through the lens of the Center’s Main Street Approach.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAIN STREET CENTER
The National Main Street Center has been helping revitalize older and historic
commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, its network of more than
1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a
commitment to place and to building stronger communities through
preservation-based economic development. The organization is a non-profit
subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information,
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