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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 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 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 

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.

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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.


hartsvilleOn the Road

NMSC Senior Program Officer and Director of Leadership Development Norma Ramirez de Miess recently joined Main Street South Carolina Coordinator Beppie LeGrand and Randy Wilson, President of Community Design Strategies in a Baseline Assessment Visit to Hartsville, SC. With a population of 7,764, Hartville is no stranger to Main Street, having been part of the state program in the past and coming back through an application process after experiencing several years out of the program. The City of Hartsville is committed to implementing the Main Street Approach to Hartsville’s downtown revitalization efforts. Although new to Main Street, the Program’s new Executive Director Sue Moyd shows the signs of a natural Main Street leader, working hard at building strong relations within downtown and the community. Welcome back, Hartsville!

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The National Main Street Center's New Strategic Plan

We’ve been making some changes recently, both to serve members better and to ensure the long-term success of the National Main Street Center. Since we re-launched as a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust in July 2013, we have brought in a committed new board, worked to balance the budget and restructured our organization. Perhaps most importantly, we also went on a listening tour around the country to gather feedback from our members about what they most need and want to see from the National Main Street Center. Based on extensive feedback from the Network, our Board, and staff, we crafted a new strategic plan. We hope you’ll agree that this simple one-pager helps to explain our mission, strategies and goals — and offers helpful information about our plans for executing our strategies and achieving our goals. Learn more about the new strategic plan in Patrice Frey's Letter to the Network!