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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 34 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $59.6 billion in investment, creating 502,728 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 246,158 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 as a tool to support your work revitalizing our historic downtowns, cities, and neighborhood business districts.

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Donovan Rypkema's Keynote Address

The 2014 National Main Streets Conference kicked off with a bang in Detroit — thanks in large part to speaker Donovan Rypkema, who gave a rousing keynote address on the first day of the event. "Main Street has been right, right from the start," he said explaining how Main Street has changed the fundamental approach to downtown revitalization. Rypkema offered plenty of evidence to back up his support of the Four-Point Approach and also offered suggestions on how NMSC should refine its focus going forward. For a full recap of his keynote address, click here.

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2015 Great American Main Street Awards®

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Great American Main Street Awards application is now available! Also, on August 14, the National Main Street Center staff and a past winner will host a webinar that will give an overview of the application process and timeline, and also give you insider tips on how to wow the jury. We also added the application of 2014 GAMSA recipient Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance to our Solution Center to help you prepare.

Download the 2015 GAMSA Application
Register for the GAMSA Webinar

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The spring issue of Main Street Now is available! This issue is dedicated to this year’s three Great American Main Street Award winners – Harrisonburg, Va., Milledgeville, Ga., and Woodbine, Iowa. These are towns that have lovingly preserved and re-purposed their historic buildings, designed creative programs to boost local business retention and recruitment, and come together as a community to make their downtowns vibrant, inviting spaces. In this issue we also recognize Middlesboro, Ky., and Rawlins, Wyo., as “Ones to Watch”-- Main Street groups that are making huge strides in using the Four-Point Approach® to revitalize their downtowns. We hope that  this issue leaves you energized and inspired, and that you come away equipped with new tools and ideas for your own Main Street district. Members may access the digital issue here.


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How Tactical Urbanism Can Help Build a #BetterMainStreet

So, you want to transform your downtown but don't have the financial resources? Not a big deal. Government at all levels has no money? No problem. Developers can’t get financing for that next big project downtown? No worries. A do-it-yourself movement has emerged to make changes to places on a shoestring budget. Known as “tactical urbanism,” this incremental approach calls for low-cost, short-term interventions that transform places for the better within a very short timeframe, while planting the seeds for long-term change. Learn how your Main Street can utilize this unique approach in this week’s feature article by Guest Contributor, Isaac Kremer, Executive Director of Discover Downtown Middlesboro.