McKinney has been commended for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community by the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Main Street Program (TMSP). McKinney Main Street will be further recognized as Nationally Accredited by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, at the National Main Street conference in New Orleans in April.
Cities chosen as National Main Street Cities achieved above average performance in 10 categories. The selection criteria focus on planning, staff and volunteers, preservation ethic, training and program assessment. McKinney has been recognized for eight years in a row.
“The Main Street program and downtown as a whole has tremendous support throughout the City of McKinney. The business community, volunteers and the more than 130 businesses in historic district ensure that downtown remains a vital element in what makes McKinney truly unique by nature,” said Main Street Director Ty Lake.
Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has been working with communities across the nation to revitalize historic commercial areas. The McKinney Main Street mission is to maintain and enhance a vibrant downtown area through economic redevelopment, design, organization and promotion as part of McKinney's Main Street Program.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.