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 as a tool to support your work revitalizing our historic downtowns, cities, and neighborhood business districts.

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Small Business Saturday

November 28th marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to become a Neighborhood Champion at

2016 Main Street Now Conference

Mark your calendars for Main Street Now, a conference of the National Main Street Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 23-25, 2016! 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. Join us in May to learn about topics ranging from creating measurable economic impact, to placemaking, the arts, and everything in between. Learn more here!

mainstreetnowthumb_summer2015Summer Edition of Main Street Now

This special awards issue is dedicated to the 2015 Great American Main Street Award winners – Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montclair, N.J., and Rawlins, Wyo. Each of the communities, though diverse in size and geography, show that Main Streets are hotbeds for innovation and creativity. In this issue we also recognize the winners of the first-ever “Innovation on Main Street” awards, Main Street New Jersey, Shaw Main Streets and Winnsboro Main Street, for their sustainable initiatives that represent new approaches to existing downtown revitalization challenges and opportunities. Finally, we celebrate Fond du Lac, Wisc., named a 2015 “One to Watch” community, and provide tips and tools on how to host a successful Small Business Saturday event in your community. Check it out.

Pop-Up Art Tour

Main Street Bartow found an innovative way to promote economic development through their vacant buildings and spaces downtown. Artwork--and building specs--were installed in empty storefront windows and a Pop-Up Art Tour was born. Read about it here.