National Main Street Center, Inc.

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Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center works with a nationwide network of communities to encourage preservation-based economic revitalization, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history.  An exciting new chapter for the organization begins on July 1st as the National Main Street Center, Inc., launches as an independent subsidiary of the National Trust. This transition enables Main Street to build on its three-decade record of success, with new leadership and new resources that will help communities respond to evolving needs and opportunities in the commercial district revitalization field.

As a nonprofit organization, the National Main Street Center Inc., provides information, offers technical assistance, holds conferences and workshops, and conducts research and advocacy on critical revitalization issues. The proven Main Street Four-Point Approach® helps communities to organize themselves for success, improve the design of their neighborhoods, promote their district, and enhance the economic base of a community
Cumulatively, commercial districts taking part in the Main Street program have generated more than $55.7 billion in new investment, with a net gain of more than 473,000 new jobs and 109,000 new businesses, and over 236,000 buildings rehabilitated. Every dollar a community uses to support its local Main Street program leverages an average of $18 in new investment, making Main Street one of the most successful economic development strategies in America.

Main Street offers a revitalization framework appropriate for communities of all types – including commercial districts in urban neighborhoods, rural towns, and smaller and mid-sized cities. Local Main Street programs can be established either as freestanding organizations or as part of an existing entity, such as a community development corporation or economic development organization. Working in conjunction with a state, city or county-wide Main Street Coordinating Program, or directly with the National Main Street Center, local Main Street programs plan and implement projects that create more vibrant and healthy commercial districts.

The National Main Street Center is based in Chicago, IL, with an office in Washington DC, and field staff located throughout the country.  For more information, visit the National Main Street Center at Follow us on Twitter @NationalMainStreet, and join us on Facebook.