Main Street Reinvestment Statistics

Main Street Reinvestment Statistics1

The Main Street Program's Economic Success

Historic Preservation = Economic Development

The cumulative success of the Main Street Approach® and Main Street programs on the local level has earned this revitalization strategy a reputation as one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. The National Main Street Center annually collects statistical information on economic activity in local Main Street programs throughout the country. These estimates are based on cumulative statistics gathered from 1980 to December 31, 2012 for all designated Main Street communities nationwide.

2012 Reinvestment Statistics

  Dollars Reinvested:

  - Total reinvestment in physical improvements from public and private sources.

$55.7 billion

  Net gain in businesses:

109,664

  Net gain in jobs:

473,439

  Number of building rehabilitations:

236,201

  Reinvestment Ratio (i):

$18:$1

Yearly Statistics

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

Notes:
(i) The Reinvestment Ratio measures the amount of new investment that occurs, on average, for every dollar a participating community spends to support the operation of its Main Street program, based on medial annual program costs reported to the National Main Street Center by its coordinating programs. This number is not cumulative and represents investment and organization budgets from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.