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.
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The 2015 National Main Streets Conference 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 discuss opportunities to build a stronger team both locally and nationally that will work with and support entrepreneurs to ensure the sustainability and excitement around downtown redevelopment. Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available for $595.
We are pleased to share with you a special anniversary edition of Main Street Now. This issue focuses on the future of Main Street, a fitting topic as we celebrate 35 years of the Main Street movement. We are so honored that several thought leaders in the community revitalization field agreed to contribute to this special edition, including Main Street veterans Mary Thompson, Donovan Rypkema, Kennedy Smith, and Mary Means, and also Fred Kent and Gary Toth from Project for Public Spaces. We encourage you to share the magazine — the special edition is available to both members and non-members of the National Main Street Center. Learn more.
In most communities, Main Street was the original corridor as well as the destination for visitors and residents. It usually grew around the early settlements such as a courthouse, mill, waterfront or railroad. As communities grew and roads expanded, other corridors served as entry points to and through the town. Today these corridors not only provide the first impression of our communities to visitors, they are used by residents daily, and their appearance may vary tremendously. Since most likely your downtown is accessed by one or more commercial corridors, their appearance is very important to the Main Street program. Learn how to evaluate your community's primary corridors to ensure that your downtown has a welcoming "front door" here.
In the theme of TEAM Main Street, we are in the home stretch of our race to get everything ready for your visit to Atlanta for the 2015 National Main Streets Conference. As you can imagine, pulling off a conference for 1,400 people from all over the US and Canada (and at least one from Australia) has been a marathon of work for the Georgia and National Main Street staffs. We are so EXCITED to have you join us in Atlanta for what we hope will be a very memorable conference experience. As you prepare to visit us, please be sure to check out some key information for you upcoming travel in this week’s feature article.