Barletta Named “Hero of Main Street” for 4th Straight Year

May 26, 2016
Press Release
Unveils Interactive Website Map Charting Main Street Tours in 11th District


Rep. Barletta, who received an award from the National Retail Federation for a 4th consecutive year, has launched an interactive map, which traces his “Main Street Tours” across PA’s 11th District.


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) has been recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation (NRF) for the fourth consecutive year, while he also unveiled an interactive map on his official website charting the “Main Street Tours” he has conducted across his district.  Barletta received the NRF award for his support of the American retail industry, which is the largest collective employer in the private sector.  Barletta has received the award in each year it has been given: 2013, 2014, 2015, and now 2016.  The interactive map of “Main Street Tours” can be found at


“Recognition by retailers is very important and symbolic to me because I know exactly how important Main Street businesses are to the vibrancy of a local economy,” Barletta said.  “As a former mayor, I know that the health of a community is directly tied to the strength of its local employers.  Local businesses and small employers make up the backbone of our national economy, and it’s important that we pay attention to them and listen to their concerns.”


The NRF recognized Main Street Heroes from both political parties in Congress.  The NRF highlighted key votes on policies on health care, tax reform, and workforce policies that work for employers and employees alike.  As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes.  Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. businesses that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.


“This bipartisan group of lawmakers has shown that they care about retailers big and small and value the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.  “We appreciate their advocacy on behalf of a thriving Main Street, their support for the long-term growth of the retail industry, and their recognition of retail’s role as a catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”


At the same time, Barletta also launched a new page on his Congressional website that takes visitors on a virtual “Main Street Tour” of various localities in the 11th District.  Barletta has conducted nearly 30 “Main Street Tours,” talking to business owners and consumers to hear their concerns and suggestions.  He cites his conversations with merchants and citizens as good sources for ideas. 


“One of the first things you find out in Washington is that common sense is not so common,” Barletta said.  “When I talk to the people who make our economy move, the people who work every day in our communities, I hear real problems and solutions from the real world.  My Main Street Tours keep me in touch with what is happening at the local level, where policies are actually put into practice.”