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RULE §19.4Application to the Program

(a) Application to the program. Applications to the program are due annually on the last working day of July or other dates established by the Commission.

(b) Eligibility. Cities with population of 50,000 or fewer may apply to the Main Street Program as a Texas Main Street Small City. Cities with population of 50,001 or more people may apply to the Main Street Program as a Texas Main Street Urban City. Cities of any population that are not accepted upon the first application may be invited by the Commission to participate in the program as a Texas Main Street Provisional City. Cities that formerly participated in the program and whose participation ceased may reapply as a Texas Main Street Recertified City within the currently-appropriate population category. Cities or commercial neighborhood districts may apply as Texas Main Street Affiliates in accordance with requirements outlined in the application guidelines.

(c) Qualifications. Applications must demonstrate an acceptable number of historic commercial buildings, public sector support, community and private sector support and meet any other requirements outlined in the application guidelines.

(d) Application guidelines. The Commission shall determine the application guidelines and requirements and make them available to cities in advance of the application deadline.

(e) Review of Applications. The Main Street Interagency Council shall review applications for designation as official Texas Main Street cities. Recommendations from the Interagency Council and staff are forwarded to the Commission for final selection. Applications for Texas Main Street Affiliates shall be reviewed by staff and recommendations forwarded to the Commission for final selection.

(f) Official selection. The Commission shall select new, recertified, provisional, or affiliate Texas Main Street cities by vote at a meeting of the Commission. Up to five new or recertified cities per year may be selected, subject to available resources. Provisional or affiliate participants are selected subject to available Commission resources.

(g) Cities not selected. Cities not selected will be so notified in writing by the state coordinator of the Texas Main Street Program. Such cities will be given an evaluation of their application and reasons they were not selected upon request.

Source Note: The provisions of this §19.4 adopted to be effective May 9, 2005, 30 TexReg 2659; amended to be effective August 29, 2012, 37 TexReg 6537

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