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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 246,000 buildings, produced $59.6 billion in investment, and created 502,728 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.

Not a member yet? Learn more and join today.

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2015 National Main Streets Conference

The 2015 National Main Streets Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 30 - April 2. This year's theme is TEAM Main Street: Teamwork and Entrepreneurship across Main Street. The conference will be focused on bringing partners together to discuss opportunities to build a stronger team both locally and nationally that will work with and support entrepreneurs to ensure the sustainability and excitement around downtown redevelopment. Register now!

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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.

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The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce a new “Innovation on Main Street” award that will be given out at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference. This award will recognize a local Main Street or Coordinating Program for an innovative project, event, or initiative they created that made a significant impact on their respective community, county, region or state. The award is open to any Standard, Designated or Coordinating Program member of the National Main Street Center. We will announce three finalists for the award in March, and the winner will be announced during the Closing Plenary of the 2015 National Main Streets Conference on April 1, 2015.  Learn more.

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The Atlanta Streetcar and Revitalization of Sweet Auburn's "Main Street"

After six years of planning and two years of construction, the Atlanta Streetcar opened to passenger service and welcomed thousands of expectant riders on December 30. A key goal of the Atlanta Streetcar is to attract investment to and revitalize the neighborhoods along the streetcar route -- particularly the neighborhood of Sweet Auburn, one of the most significant historically African-American commercial areas in the South. Learn how Sweet Auburn Works, a non-profit that utilizes the Main Street Approach, will help guide the redevelopment to ensure a dynamic, revitalized community that is firmly rooted in the historic Sweet Auburn district experience while also moving forward into the 21st century in this week's feature article!