The Kerrville Main Street Program has been in existence since 1995 and has been honored as a National Main Street City annually since 1999. In addition, Kerrville Main Street received the Preserve America designation in 2004.
This program has seen many successes throughout the years and is now entering a critical time. Changes to central city re-development are ongoing and the most successful cities continually invest in these efforts to maintain and grow these areas. The community in Kerrville is currently focused on numerous changes that are taking place downtown.
Now, more than ever, resources need to be allocated to ensure that appropriate staffing and attention is given to this area. Since the inception of the Kerrville Main Street program in 1995 there has been $57,105,750 in private reinvestment in the Kerrville Main Street district.
The average private reinvestment per community across the nation is $9,513,151 according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In other words, our local return on investment is $49 in private monies for every $1 in public monies whereas the national re-investment ratio is $27 to $1. Nationally, the Main Street model is one of the most successful economic development programs in the country with $17 billion in public and private reinvestment since tracking began in 1980.