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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Cultural Districts & Placemaking Webinar

More and more, cultural districts are being used as placemaking and community revitalization tools.  But what exactly is a cultural district and how are they developed? View the webinar led by Theresa Cameron with the Local Arts Agency and National Cultural District Exchange, and Americans for the Arts, to learn the basics of cultural districts and how real communities are using them. You won't want to miss it! Click here to view.

milwaukee-proposal-thumb2016 National Main Streets Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2016 National Main Streets Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 22-25! 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 about our annual conference 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.

A Walk Through Rehoboth Beach Main Street

NMSC staffer Emily Wallrath Schmidt caught up with Rehoboth Beach Main Street Executive Director Krys Johnson to get the scoop on the vibrant sea-side community. Afterwards, Emily strolled through the commercial district to capture some of what makes Rehoboth Beach such a wonderful place to be, not just in the summer, but 365 days a year. Read about it here.