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

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2015 National Main Streets Conference

Thank you to everyone for a great 2015 National Main Streets Conference!  We hope that all who attended were inspired and left Atlanta equipped with valuable new information and tools. Please take 10 - 15 minutes to complete our conference survey to help us provide an even better experience next year in Milwaukee! The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, April 17.

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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.

innovation-thumbInnovation on Main Street Award Winners

The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce that Main Street New Jersey, Shaw Main Street and Winnsboro Main Street are winners of the first-ever “Innovation on Main Street” awards. This award recognizes Main Street organizations for successful, sustainable initiatives that represent new approaches to an existing downtown revitalization challenges or opportunities.  “For the Main Street movement to continue to be successful and relevant, we will need to capitalize on changing trends, demographics and economies," says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. "We applaud these programs for daring to innovate and for energizing the field of downtown revitalization with fresh ideas.” Learn more about each of the winners.

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The 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.