CHICAGO, Il. — The National Main Street Center has announced that Julie Wagner of Harrodsburg First Main Street Program in Harrodsburg, Ky., is among the third cohort of recipients of the Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) credential, the highest credential achievable through the Main Street America Institute. Wagner was recognized along with seven other recipients from across the country at the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Wa., on March 27, 2019.
In addition to the MSARP credentials, Wagner holds certificates in both Community Transformation and Main Street Leadership Development. Both courses were part of the MSARP curriculum. Wagner, who has over 21 years of Main Street Revitalization experience has been the director of Downtown Harrodsburg since 2012. Prior to Harrodsburg, Wagner served as the downtown director for Danville from 1998 to 2012. In addition to achieving her MSARP credentials, Wagner graduated from the State Main Street Director Certification in the early 2000’s where she was named class valedictorian.
“We are proud of this cohort of MSARP recipients, and their dedication to the field of commercial district revitalization,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Developing the tools and leadership capacity to enact strategic, community-driven efforts is essential for Main Street programs. We are excited to see all that these leaders will accomplish in their communities in years to come.”
Launched in 2016, the Main Street America Institute is the National Main Street Center’s targeted professional development training program aimed to equip downtown and commercial district leaders with the knowledge needed to lead results-oriented and preservation-based community revitalization organizations. Through completing a series of ten online courses, two multi-day workshops, and a capstone examination, MSARP graduates demonstrate mastery of critical leadership development practices and advanced fundamentals of community development techniques through the lens of the Center’s Main Street Approach.