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 251,000 buildings, produced $61.7 billion in investment, and created 528,557 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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patrice frey headshotLetter from the President - Spring 2015 Update

In her letter to the network, NMSC President and CEO Patrice Frey takes the opportunity to provide you with some updates from the Center before the busy summer season kicks off.  From offering details on how the Center is working on elevating the visibility of the National Main Street Network to presenting a detailed account of where we are in the Four Point Refresh process, the update is packed with new information that you won’t want to miss. Patrice also presents some new resources and member benefits that will help you in the work you do everyday – it’s never been a better time to be a part of the National Main Street Network! Read the update here.

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_mainstreetgamsawinnersThe 2015 Great American Main Street Award Winners

The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce that Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montclair Center, N.J. and Rawlins, Wyo. were selected as the 2015 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winners. The 2015 GAMSA winners have succeeded in making their towns an exciting place to live, work, play and visit through implementing the Main Street Center’s comprehensive methodology for downtown revitalization. In each locality, the local Main Street organization has collaborated with residents, business owners and other local partners to revitalize their district by promoting the assets that makes that community special. Learn more about this year's winners.


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Member Benefits 101

Here at the National Main Street Center, we are committed to providing you with valuable tools to help your revitalization effort thrive. As a member of the National Main Street Center, you have access to a fantastic array of benefits from free online training to must-read digital publications. Are you making the most of these resources? Whether you’re a brand new member or just looking for a refresher, learn more about all that your Main Street membership has to offer in this article by NMSC Membership Assistant Tali Jamir! For more information, be sure to check out our new Members Area.