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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 34 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in approximately 2,000 communities, producing $59.6 billion in investment, creating 502,728 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 246,158 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.

Not a member yet? Learn more and join today.

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Donovan Rypkema's Keynote Address

The 2014 National Main Streets Conference kicked off with a bang in Detroit — thanks in large part to speaker Donovan Rypkema, who gave a rousing keynote address on the first day of the event. "Main Street has been right, right from the start," he said explaining how Main Street has changed the fundamental approach to downtown revitalization. Rypkema offered plenty of evidence to back up his support of the Four-Point Approach and also offered suggestions on how NMSC should refine its focus going forward. For a full recap of his keynote address, click here.

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Detroit Highlights

  Several of the session presentations are now available! Sessions with presentations available are clearly marked. If a presentation of a session you attended is not online, the presenter(s) have not yet provided them.
  For a photo recap, please view the conference Flickr page.
•  Relive the conference! View the video recordings of the Opening Plenary Session here and the Closing Plenary Session here.
•  Be sure to check out the mini-films of the GAMSA winning communities - Harrisonburg, Va., Milledgeville, Ga., and Woodbine, Iowa.

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The spring issue of Main Street Now is available! This issue is dedicated to this year’s three Great American Main Street Award winners – Harrisonburg, Va., Milledgeville, Ga., and Woodbine, Iowa. These are towns that have lovingly preserved and re-purposed their historic buildings, designed creative programs to boost local business retention and recruitment, and come together as a community to make their downtowns vibrant, inviting spaces. In this issue we also recognize Middlesboro, Ky., and Rawlins, Wyo., as “Ones to Watch”-- Main Street groups that are making huge strides in using the Four-Point Approach® to revitalize their downtowns. We hope that  this issue leaves you energized and inspired, and that you come away equipped with new tools and ideas for your own Main Street district. Members may access the digital issue here.


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Letter from the President: Summer 2014 Update

July 1st marked our first anniversary as a non-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and we have many accomplishments to celebrate. We developed a new strategic plan, moved our headquarters to more centrally located Chicago and reconfigured and made additions to our absolutely terrific staff, including Main Street veterans and those who are brand new to Main Street. Looking ahead to the coming year, we will be sharing more information on a new grant program, new webinars from our Main Street Innovation Lab, the re-launch of our Certification Institute, and a more robust set of resources and tools for our members. We will also be launching one of the most important projects at the Center – a Refresh of the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. Learn about the Four-Point Refresh project and other updates from the National Main Street Center in Patrice Frey's Letter to the Network!