Carthage has been commended for its successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community. With 55 other Texas cities, Carthage will be further recognized as Nationally Accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation next April in Baltimore, MD. National accredited Main Street cities show above average performance in 10 categories on an annual report. Selection criteria focus on planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer effort, preservation ethic, training and program assessment through reporting.
The Mission of the Carthage Main Street Program is to implement downtown revitalization under the Main Street Four-Point Approach--Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring, all with the context of historic preservation. The Carthage Main Street Program will strive, along with an organized community effort, to:
- Assure quality design of public places and private properties;
- Encourage economic vitality through business retention, recruitment and development;
- Promote activities that instill community pride and invite visitors.
The Carthage Main Street Advisory Board has 17 members with each member serving on either the design, organization, promotion or economic restructuring committee. It meets monthly on the fourth Monday and committees meet at other designated times. The Main Street Manager works closely with the Board and its Committees, the City Manager, Chamber of Commerce, downtown merchants, and the Texas Main Street Office.
Vision Statement: The Carthage Main Street Program sees historical downtown as the hub of the city and the county where social, economic and civic activities generate a welcoming environment in which local citizens and visitors can enjoy diverse experiences.