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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Register now to join your Main Street colleagues in Detroit, May 18-20, 2014. 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.
The winter issue of Main Street Now is available! This issue is dedicated to getting you ready for the upcoming National Main Streets Conference in Detroit and providing you with information about the latest trends and strategies you can use to improve your revitalization efforts. We hope that you are inspired by the ideas, initiatives and innovations that are included in this jam-packed issue. This special edition is available to both members and non-members of the National Main Street Center. Please click here to access the digital issue of Main Street Now, along with a brief tutorial on how to navigate the content and features of the publication.
NMSC Senior Program Officer Kathy La Plante was recently in Marshfield, Wisconsin conducting a Progress Visit for their Main Street program with Marie Steenlage of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Meetings were held at their office in the heart of their Main Street district, which Main Street Marshfield moved into back in October of 2011. The board and staff spent one weekend moving the office, tying boxes to chairs with wheels, tying them together and crossing a four-lane Central (Main) Street. As Executive Director Denise Sonnemann said, "When working on a budget, we need to think outside the box sometimes and get creative! We got lots of smiles as we moved our office this way." Marshfield Main Street will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015.
Many of you know from firsthand experience the great work of the National Main Street Center's Senior Program Officers Norma Ramirez de Miess and Kathy La Plante. Their passion for the Main Street movement is made readily apparent by their tireless work on the road and their ability to jump from one Main Street adventure to the next. We are pleased to announce that Norma and Kathy are taking on additional responsibilities that will showcase their expertise to an even greater extent - in addition to maintaining their current roles, Norma will take on the title of Director of Leadership Development and Kathy will be the Director of Coordinating Program Services. Recently we sat down with Kathy and Norma to learn more about their new roles and discuss how their new responsibilities will benefit the Main Street network. Read the in-depth interview in our online Story of the Week!