We observe sound program principles:
We build on the Main Street approach promoted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Main Street Center's mission is to empower people, organizations and communities to achieve ongoing downtown and neighborhood district revitalization based upon the principles of self-determination, resource conservation and incremental transformation represented through the comprehensive Main Street approach.
Since 1980, the National Center and its state and citywide Main Street partners have helped more than 1,600 communities rebuild the economic vitality of their town centers. Cumulatively, these districts have generated more than $15 billion in new investment and boast a net gain of 206,000 new jobs, 52,000 new businesses, and 79,000 building rehabilitation projects. (Source: 2000 Reinvestment Statistics report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation)
The Main Street New Jersey Program was established in 1989 to encourage and support the revitalization of downtowns throughout the state. Every two years the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs accepts applications and designates selected communities to join the program. These communities, like Lawrenceville, receive valuable technical support and training to assist in restoring their Main Streets as centers of community and economic activity.
Lawrenceville Main Street is responsible for a renewed community spirit and numerous achievements which include:
- Attracting new businesses
- Focal point for community promotion
- Weeden Park creation
- Holidays in Village celebration
- Music in Park series
- Tree planting
- Flower plantings
- Parking lot repaving
- Streetscape improvements
- Halloween events
- Welcome & direction signs
- Government & private grants
Lawrenceville Main Street's Awards include:
National Main Street Community. LMS is officially recognized as a National Main Street Community for the years 1999 through 2007 for its excellence in management, planning and execution.
1999 Mayor's Award for Economic Development. LMS was the first recipient of this award given annually by the Lawrence Township's Growth and Redevelopment Committee.
Main Street volunteers named 1999 Citizens of the Year. Awarded by American Legion Post #414 for outstanding community service.
1999 C. McKim Norton Community Development Award. LMS was proud to become the 17th recipient of this coveted annual award from the Regional Planning Partnership, formerly MSM, which advocates the best use of the land in our region.