Mainstreet Piqua achieves national accreditation

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Mainstreet Piqua, the non-profit organization that focuses on the development and promotion of downtown Piqua, has once again achieved state and national accreditation as a certified National Main Street Community.

Annually, Main Street Programs across the country are reviewed against 10 criteria to receive accreditation, and Mainstreet Piqua successfully met the qualifications for each of the 10. This is the 16th year in a row that Mainstreet Piqua, Inc. has met the qualification to be accredited.

“Full credit for the success of our program should be given to the Piqua community,” Mainstreet Piqua Executive Director Lorna Swisher said. “The downtown businesses, area corporations, and the general public are all very supportive of the Mainstreet Piqua program. We are also very fortunate to have an excellent and committed group of volunteers as well as very generous supporters.”

The criteria to be accredited include broad-based community support, comprehensive work plans, active board and committees, program of ongoing training and paid professional staff, among other items.

“This is not an award” Swisher said. “It is recognition that this organization is working hard every day to improve the downtown area and, we believe, improve the quality of life for our entire community.”

More information about the Mainstreet Piqua program can be found on the organization’s website at The website also includes a full schedule of events for all the activities planned for downtown Piqua this summer.

For the Daily Call