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

Not a member yet? Learn more and join today.

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Main Street Technical Assistance Grant Program

The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce a new technical assistance grant program for Main Street communities. Download the application here. This competitive award program will offer a unique opportunity to receive hands-on technical assistance or training directly from experts from the National Main Street Center on one of the following four areas or topics:

• Strategic Organizational Planning
• Fundraising
• Leadership/Board Development
• Diversity
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2015 Great American Main Street Awards®

Did you miss the GAMSA webinar? It is now available to watch online. Patrice Frey and Steve Amraen from the National Main Street Center and Eddie Bumbaugh from the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance share details on the application process, tips for putting together a great application, and a firsthand account of what winning GAMSA can do for your community. Be sure to check it out! Reminder: Applications are due September 17.

thumb atlanta2015 National Main Streets Conference - Call for Proposals

We are pleased to release the call for conference session proposals for the 2015 National Main Streets Conference that 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 foster new ideas for building economic, financial, and business development successes on Main Street. Learn more about this premier annual event for revitalization professionals.



Main Street and Tactical Urbanism: Part 2

Earlier in August, guest contributor Isaac Kremer provided an overview of tactical urbanism and how it is transforming the way people go about adapting and transforming places that matter most to them. This week, he provides examples of how these ideas have been implemented through Better Block events in two very different places -- Oyster Bay, New York on Long Island and Middlesboro, Kentucky.  Oyster Bay was one of the first communities to ever carry out a Better Block project in 2010 and Middlesboro has taken these tactical urbanism ideas to a whole new level making them a centerpiece of a program to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in one of the most economically distressed areas in the United States. Learn more in this week's feature article!