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.
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The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce a new technical assistance grant program for Main Street communities. Download the application here. This competitive award program will offer a unique opportunity to receive hands-on technical assistance or training directly from experts from the National Main Street Center on one of the following four areas or topics:
We are pleased to release the call for conference session proposals for the 2015 National Main Streets Conference that 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 foster new ideas for building economic, financial, and business development successes on Main Street. Learn more about this premier annual event for revitalization professionals.
New to Main Street? Be sure to check out this online training, hosted by Norma Miess, National Main Street Center's Director of Leadership Development and Senior Field Officer. In it, Norma addresses the intangible value of the Main Street Approach for communities, outlines the resources available to new Directors from the National Main Street Center, and discusses the key roles of an effective Main Street Director. This training is especially useful for Directors with less than 2 years in Main Street to participate, but all Main Street Directors are encouraged to check it out.
The Fox Theatre in Atlanta is more than just an architectural fantasy of whimsical pre-depression spending; it is truly the heartbeat of culture for Georgia’s capital city and the region as a whole. From plays to musicals, from movies to concerts, the stage at the Fox Theatre has played host to the arts in Atlanta for over 80 years. The Georgia Main Street staff is excited to be able to showcase this marvel during the Opening Plenary and Reception of the 2015 National Main Streets Conference. In preparation for your visit next spring, learn about the history of this Atlanta icon and how it would have been lost if not for the spirit of crowdfunding in this week's feature article.