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Welcome to the National Main Street Center, Inc.

The National Main Street Center is a national organization committed to historic preservation-based community revitalization. Through education, outreach, hands-on training, online resources, facilitating connections and conferences, we inspire and enable leaders across the country to build strong communities. For the past 35 years, the National Main Street Center has equipped more than 2,000 communities with an organizing framework to preserve and revitalize their traditional downtowns and commercial districts.

By using the Main Street Four Point Approach®, the affiliated Main Street organizations that make up the Main Street Network have rehabbed more than 251,000 buildings, produced $61.7 billion in investment, and created 528,557 jobs, (see more on our reinvestment statistics). Building on this successful foundation, the National Main Street Center is committed to expanding the impact of the Main Street program by providing a new generation of research and resources to existing Main Street programs and extending our reach to other commercial districts that are not yet part of the Main Street Network.

We invite you to explore and utilize the reorganized mainstreet.org as a tool to support your work revitalizing our historic downtowns, cities, and neighborhood business districts.

Not a member yet? Learn more and join today.

thumb gamsa2016 GAMSA Application Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Great American Main Street Award application is now open! This year we are introducing a new easy-to-use online form that applicants will use to submit information as well as upload images, letters of support and supporting documents. Please remember you must be an accredited Main Street to apply and past winners are currently ineligible to apply. Applications, along with the $150 application fee, are due by midnight (CST) Friday, July 31st. Learn more and view the application here. Please contact Steve Amraen with any questions at 312.610.5609 or samraen@savingplaces.org.


milwaukee-proposal-thumbCall for Conference Session Proposals

The National Main Street Center is seeking proposals for the 2016 National Main Streets Conference. The conference will bring together doers, makers and innovators to address challenges facing 21st century downtowns and commercial districts, while building on collective insights into opportunities on the horizon. Together we will focus on creating places that are economically competitive and socially connected, as well as developing leaders that can direct these efforts and pave the way for communities of the future. We are seeking proposals that address topics ranging from creating measurable economic impact, to placemaking, the arts, and everything in between. Submit your proposal today!

member benefits thumb2015 National Main Street Network Trends Survey Results

Responses to this year's National Main Street Network Trends Survey tell a story of Main Street making a big impact with little resources. Building rehabilitation continues to be a primary focus, with many participants listing major restoration projects as their greatest accomplishment for the year. Looking to the future, Main Streets are working diligently to attract a diverse mix of quality businesses, keep vacancy rates low and increase the vibrancy of their downtowns. The obstacles are real but it’s clear that the momentum of the Main Street movement is strong, and the Network is ready to face challenges that may arise! Learn more and take a look at some of the data that was collected here.

Independent We Stand Makes Main Streets a Priority

This summer, Independent We Stand’s team set out on a weeklong “Main Streets Make Us Better Road Trip” trip to visit America’s Main Streets in person and connect with the people who sustain them in a more meaningful way. The team traveled more than 2,000 miles, stopping in 22 cities and conducting 40 interviews with Main Street heroes along the way, with the goal to eat, sleep, play and shop 100-percent locally. Read about how their interviews with small business owners, Main Street directors and buy local advocates—in large metropolitan areas and smaller communities alike—helped Independent We Stand get a deeper understanding of the community here.