Welcome to Main Street America

Over the past 35 years, the National Main Street Center has led the development of a national network of over 2,000 historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts: Main Street America™. The people who make up Main Street America are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.

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Main Street America is a program of the National Main Street Center. Learn more about the Center.

Community Transformation Workshop Nov. 2-4

The Community Transformation Workshop, an essential component of the Main Street America Institute, will be held November 2 - 4, in Chicago, Illinois. An intensive, interactive three-day experience, the workshop will be filled with educational sessions and exercises aimed to provide participants with advanced tools and strategies to address complex revitalization projects and initiatives through the lens of the refreshed Main Street Four Point Approach, with a strong emphasis on Economic Vitality. Instructors include Matt Wagner of the National Main Street Center, Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, Kennedy Smith of Community Land Use + Economics Group, LLC and Jon Stover of Jon Stover & Associates. Learn more and register!

The Main Street America Institute is our targeted professional development training program aimed to equip downtown and commercial district leaders with the tools they need to lead results-oriented and preservation-based community revitalization organizations.

Main Street Now Conference

Each year, the Main Street Now Conference brings leaders in the field together to address challenges facing downtowns and commercial districts, while building on collective insights into opportunities on the horizon.

This year, with the dynamic city of Pittsburgh and state of Pennsylvania as our hosts, 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. Learn more.

Main Street Refresh Demonstration Project Sites

The “refreshed” Main Street Approach is characterized by a focus on inclusive engagement, district-level strategy, meaningful outcomes, and more flexible organizational structure. As part of its beta roll-out, the National Main Street Center is conducting a series of demonstration projects—in places with existing Main Street programs, as well as districts that don’t have a traditional Main Street structure in place—providing us with the opportunity to test some of our new strategies on the ground, learn from practitioners, and refine the approach. Read about it here. 

Your 2017 GAMSA Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to all ten Great American Main Street Award® semi-finalists! Together, they have generated almost a billion dollars in public and private reinvestment, while creating 5,679 new jobs, opening 1,085 new businesses, rehabbing 1,359 buildings and clocking over 133,000 volunteer hours.

The Great American Main Street Award is the highest recognition given out by the National Main Street Center. Each year, we celebrate exceptional Main Street America organizations for their work in creating more economically, socially, and culturally vibrant commercial districts. Winners will be announced at the Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh this May. Read more.

Thank you to PNC​ Bank for their generous sponsorship of the 2017 Great American Main Street Awards.

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