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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 as a tool to support your work revitalizing our historic downtowns, cities, and neighborhood business districts.

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2015 National Main Streets Conference

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. Register now!

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thumb_final_future-of-main-streetThe Future of Main Street

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.

thumb-most romanticThe Most Romantic Main Streets

Main Streets are magical, romantic places. They are perfect spots for falling in love, getting married or rekindling an old flame. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we scoured the nation for the Most Romantic Main Streets and we are pleased to announce the top five! Whether you and your sweetie prefer quiet beach towns or hip, urban neighborhoods – you’ll be eager to plan your next romantic weekend getaway after learning about these dreamy destinations. Check out the Most Romantic Main Streets here!


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Lewiston, Idaho Moves City Library Downtown

On June 8, 2013, more than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the Lewiston City Library City Library’s grand re-opening downtown. As speeches were concluded, the ribbon cut, and the doors were open to the public for the first time, people’s enthusiasm was evident through their exclamations and even tears as they toured the marvelous facility. Decades in the making, this momentous day was made possible by a dedicated group of people who understood the value of locating such an important community resource in the heart of downtown rather than on the periphery. Today, the downtown library is a destination for locals and visitors alike, an important partner in the downtown’s growing cultural corridor, and a source of great community pride. Learn more.