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

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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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2015 Great American Main Street Awards

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Great American Main Street Awards application process will open on August 6 and that we will be providing you with more resources this year to help you put together a winning application. On August 19, the National Main Street Center staff and a past winner will host a webinar that will give an overview of the application process and timeline, and also give you insider tips on how to wow the jury. You can register here. We also added the application of 2014 GAMSA recipient Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance to our Solution Center to help you prepare. Stay tuned for more information regarding GAMSA 2015!

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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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The Power of Thank You

Thank you! These are two incredibly powerful words that every Main Street leader must communicate well, and with gusto, every day, to the countless volunteers, board members, committee chairs, politicians, and the host of others that help us make our downtowns great. We show appreciation to volunteers for a variety of reasons: for a job well done, after a difficult meeting, before starting a challenging or (ahem!) thankless project or after a particularly thoughtful comment or gesture. Saying thank you is what powers successful local Main Street efforts. So, how can you be sure that you are showing your gratitude in the most effective way?  In the Story of the Week, Donna Ann Harris offers tips on how to guarantee that your Main Street supporters always feel appreciated.