Welcome to the National Main Street Center, Inc.

July 1, 2013, marked the official launch of the National Main Street Center, Inc., (NMSC), a newly formed, nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  With leadership from a new Board of Directors and CEO, the National Main Street Center will build on its long-standing commitment to advancing the preservation-based revitalization of commercial districts throughout the country.

For the past 33  years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $54 billion in investment, creating 450,000 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 229,000 buildings (see more on our reinvestment statistics). Building on this successful foundation, the National Main Street Center is committed to expanding the impact of Main Street by providing a new generation of research and resources to existing Main Street programs and extending our reach to older 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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2014 National Main Streets Conference 

Register now to join your Main Street colleagues in Detroit, May 18-20, 2014. The 2014 National Main Streets Conference will offer important lessons on resilience, innovation and hard work, all of which exemplify the Main Street movement across the country and can be seen first-hand in Detroit: a city that is actively building on its cultural and heritage assets to overcome economic challenges.

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thumbMain Street Now

The winter issue of Main Street Now is available! This issue is dedicated to getting you ready for the upcoming National Main Streets Conference in Detroit and providing you with information about the latest trends and strategies you can use to improve your revitalization efforts. We hope that you are inspired by the ideas, initiatives and innovations that are included in this jam-packed issue. This special edition is available to both members and non-members of the National Main Street Center. Please click here to access the digital issue of Main Street Now, along with a brief tutorial on how to navigate the content and features of the publication.


thumbNational Main Streets Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Is your Main Street community a Certified Local Government? Have you always wanted to attend the National Main Streets Conference – but haven’t had the funding? If so, now is your chance to receive a scholarship for free registration to attend the National Main Streets Conference in Detroit! This scholarship is made possible by the National Park Service, and is open to CLG Staff and Commissioners. To apply, download and complete the application and email to Steve Amraen at samraen@savinpglaces.org. 10 lucky winners will go to this year’s conference free of charge. The brief application is due Thursday, April 24 and recipients will be notified by Monday, April 28 if they are selected for a scholarship. Not sure if your community is a Certified Local Government? Look it up here.


Celebrating the Value of Main Street Volunteers

The National Main Street Center is proud to salute the thousands of Main Street volunteers of all ages and backgrounds dedicated to giving back to their communities. We value volunteers as our greatest asset and recognize them as the driving force making Main Street a successful approach to the revitalization of many communities in almost every state of the union! The value and impact of Main Street volunteers goes well beyond free labor for projects, events, or activities. Through Main Street, every member of the community – from residents to businesses and property owners – provide a strong foundation for leadership and support to new and mature programs as they invest their talents to foster a strong sense of place and increase economic vitality in their communities. Please join us in celebrating the value of your local Main Street volunteers - for more details, read our online Story of the Week!