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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 34 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 246,000 buildings,  produced $59.6 billion in investment, and created 502,728 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.

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Main Street Technical Assistance Grant Program

The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce a new technical assistance grant program for Main Street communities. Download the application here. This competitive award program will offer a unique opportunity to receive hands-on technical assistance or training directly from experts from the National Main Street Center on one of the following four areas or topics:

• Strategic Organizational Planning
• Fundraising
• Leadership/Board Development
• Diversity
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2015 Great American Main Street Awards®

Did you miss the GAMSA webinar? It is now available to watch online. Patrice Frey and Steve Amraen from the National Main Street Center and Eddie Bumbaugh from the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance share details on the application process, tips for putting together a great application, and a firsthand account of what winning GAMSA can do for your community. Be sure to check it out! Reminder: Applications are due September 17.

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We are pleased to release the call for conference session proposals for the 2015 National Main Streets Conference that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 30 - April 2. This year's theme is TEAM Main Street: Teamwork and Entrepreneurship across Main Street. The conference will be focused on bringing partners together to foster new ideas for building economic, financial, and business development successes on Main Street. Learn more about this premier annual event for revitalization professionals.

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Tech Tools for Main Street Executive Directors

Running a Main Street program is no easy task. Whether it’s scheduling a board meeting, organizing volunteers, or alerting the public of road closures in downtown, Main Street executive directors are expected to juggle several tasks. However, the use of technology can level the playing field when it comes to getting your message out and mobilizing constituents around a pressing issue. As more and more people access the internet and use their mobile devices and tablets to communicate and gather information in real-time, it’s vital for directors to be up-to-date on the latest technology platforms, apps and services. Check out ten useful technology tools and resources you can use to stay organized, funded, and in the public eye without breaking the bank in this week's feature article!