By DAVID SWEARINGEN
October 5, 2022
The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP), Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Texas Historical Commission (THC), Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) and Erath County hosted a celebratory event in honor of the Stephenville Main Street program entering the statewide Main Street network this week.
Since entering the program in 2021, Stephenville has supported downtown businesses and expanded the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Additionally, Stephenville Main Street has strengthened partnerships with Tarleton State and other organizations, as well as planned several special events to promote downtown businesses and increase visitation. Downtown Stephenville has had six private-sector rehabilitation projects, four public-private projects and a net gain of eight businesses and 22 jobs.
Since 1981, every Texas First Lady has participated in the First Lady’s Main Street Tour, an event that features a public ceremony with her remarks and a reception to celebrate the community’s entrance into the statewide Main Street program.