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 33 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $54 billion in investment, creating 450,000 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 229,000 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.
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2014 National Main Streets Conference
Join your Main Street colleagues in Detroit, May 18-20, 2014, to see resiliency at work. The 2014 National Main Streets Conference will offer important lessons on resilience, innovation and hard work, all of which exemplify the Main Street movement across the country and can be seen first-hand in Detroit: a city that is actively building on its cultural and heritage assets to overcome economic challenges.
Main Street Now - Fall 2013
Main Street Now has gone completely digital. The quarterly journal continues to provide the same quality information, resources, strategies and tools you need to manage a successful revitalization effort, but in an easy-to-use package we are sure you will enjoy. Members may click here to access the Fall 2013 digital issue of Main Street Now, along with a brief tutorial on how to navigate the content and features of the publication. Members also still have the option of downloading a PDF of the magazine.
New in Our Solution Center
How can a community stand out from a crowded list of municipalities vying for a retailer’s attention? The answer is surprisingly straightforward: communities that understand retail location drivers will be able to better position themselves to win new retailers and retain existing retailers. Check out a new guide recently added to our Solution Center that will help you to start thinking like a retailer and position your community for success!
The Procrastinator's Guide to Year-End Gifts - Part I
Procrastinators, unite! Main Street programs can still plan and execute a quality year-end fundraising campaign, even now, after many of your holiday events are over. Over the next two weeks we will provide you with the advice you need to ask your friends and supporters for gifts to support your Main Street program. This post provides the best practices and tips for you to create five compelling emails or e-newsletters for your year-end fundraising campaign. It is truly worth the effort to go after these donations — according to Network for Good, thirty percent of all donations happen in December and ten percent of all giving happens the last three days of the year. Read how to create a year-end fundraising campaign in our STORY OF THE WEEK!