Hoffman Receives National Main Street Certification

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 20, 2009 — Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history and coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast Missouri State University, recently received his certification in professional Main Street management.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized this year’s graduates from its Certification Institute in Professional Main Street Management March 2 in front of more than 1,600 of their peers during the opening session of the National Main Streets Conference in Chicago.

“The Certification Institute recognizes Main Street practitioners who have demonstrated a high level of understanding and application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach,” says Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “Their ability to execute successful revitalization efforts has raised the bar for professionalism and ability in this field.”

Hoffman teaches Southeast students about Main Street as a career within the field of historic preservation. The Institute was a two-year program, Hoffman said.

Graduates must pass entrance exams, attend intense training sessions in Washington, D.C., and pass four comprehensive written exams.  The Certification Institute curriculum comprises four units: Economic Restructuring — community initiated real estate development, retail market analysis, business development and recruitment; Design — design management and smart growth strategies; Organization — fund raising, conflict resolution and volunteer development; and Promotion — comprehensive marketing of a commercial district.

The National Main Street Center leads the preservation-based community revitalization movement and has proven that historic preservation and community-driven economic development effects lasting change. Active in more than 2,150 downtowns and neighborhood business districts, the Main Street program has generated more than $44.9 billion in new investment. Participating communities have created 370,500 net new jobs, 82,900 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 199,500 buildings, leveraging an average of more than $25 in new investment for every dollar spent on Main Street initiatives.

The National Trust Main Street Center is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.