Youth Advisory Council

Carthage Main Street is excited to announce the formation of its first Youth Advisory Council. The council consists of 12 Carthage High School students that will be in 10th-12th grade in the upcoming school year. Each student was chosen by completing an application which was approved by the Carthage Main Street Advisory Board. Their first meeting was held on Tuesday, May 31 where officers were chosen by the Council. The officers for 2016-2017 are; Emily Andrus, Chairman; Kayleigh McCormick, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Twomey, Secretary; Payton Travis, Accountability Manager; Chaitali Patel, Scheduling Coordinator; Payton Jones, Social Media Coordinator and Sha’ketria Sparks, Scrapbook Coordinator. Each officer will also serve as a Junior Chamber Ambassador. The Youth Advisory Council (or YAC) is looking forward to getting involved in the community and have hit the ground running with many ideas for their project for the year. They will have a planning day in August and will announce their project soon after.

The Carthage Main Street YAC will also help with existing events in the downtown area such as the John Ritter Tribute Showcase Auditions, Halloween on the Square the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame weekend, downtown promotions and the Rodeo Jamboree. 

yac members
Seated (l to r) Kayleigh McCormick, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Twomey, Secretary; and Emily Andrus, Chairman.
Back row (l to r) Taylor Ryals, Drew Jackson, Christina Bowman, Emily Pyle, Sha’ketria Sparks, Scrapbook Coordinator; Payton Travis, Accountability Manager; Callam Barber, Payton Jones, Social Media Coordinator and Chaitali Patel, Scheduling Coordinator. 

 Youth Advisory Council Application          Youth Advisory Council By-Laws

Main Street Receives National Recognition

MSALOGO RGBThe Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission has recommended Carthage for National Accreditation to the National Main Street Center. The recommendation is based upon Carthage's Report of Progress submitted to the state office as part of its annual reporting requirement for Fiscal Year 2016. 
 
"Carthage has been a Texas Main Street City since 2001 and has earned accreditation from the National Main Street Center every year since, something that I'm extremely proud of," said Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney. "This means that we are doing things right, that we are going in the right direction. The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and to me, historic preservation isn't just about saving an individual building, it's about building community. It's about people, the economy, the environment. It's about well-being, and most of all, it's about learning from our past so we can improve our future."
 
In 1999, the National Main Street Center implemented this process to recognize local Main Street revitalization programs for their individual annual progress and improvement through the Main Street Four Point Approach™. Through the Approach, local programs focus on a myriad of activities within four strategic areas. This includes creating Economic Vitality through making the most of a community's unique sense of place and existing historic assets, harnessing local economic opportunity and creating a supportive business environment for small businesses. Design supports a community's transformation by enhancing the physical elements of downtown while capitalizing on unique assets that set the commercial district apart. Through promotion, downtown is positioned as the center of the community and hub of economic activity. The organization strategy area mobilizes the resources and partners needed to effectively show measurable outcomes from a Main Street revitalization effort. National Accreditation will be formally announced in May at the National Main Street Now conference in Pittsburg, Pa.
 
Texas currently has 89 designated Main Street programs, making it one of the largest in the country. The Texas program was one of the first state coordinating programs to be established in 1981, and since that time, it has been a part of the Texas Historical Commission, the state agency for historic preservation. Year-end reinvestment statistics show cumulative reinvestment over this time from all programs that have participated at $3.38 billion, with the creation of more than 35,000 jobs and almost 5,000 small businesses.
 
 
Volunteers are a very important aspect of the Main Street model because they help leverage the impact a small staff can have and also provide an avenue for the whole community to be a part of the success of downtown. Volunteer leadership works with staff to carry out the local program. Over the past year, 123,885 volunteer hours were contributed to Texas Main Street programs. Since 1999, more than 1.4 million volunteer hours have been contributed. The economic value of this to local public budgets is more than $35.6 million.
 
More information on the National Main Street Center/Main Street America: http://www.mainstreet.org/
 
More information about the Texas Main Street Program and the Texas Historical Commission: http://www.thc.texas.gov/ preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-main-street and http://www. thc.texas.gov/

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Carthage Main Street Program is to implement downtown revitalizationmain street logo 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.

Potlatch

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October 14, 2017

Piney Woods Quilt Festival

April 20-21, 2018
Carthage Civic Center
1702 S. Adams (at SW Loop)

Breakfast with Santa

2nd Saturday in December
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
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