How to Get Started
The National Trust Main Street Center welcomes opportunities to introduce the Main Street methodology to new audiences across the country. Thirty years of experience has shown that the statewide, citywide, and regional Main Street Coordinating Program Partners are the best vehicles for delivering effective revitalization services to downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Main Street Coordinating Program Partners are the conduits for creating vital commercial districts in small and large downtowns and neighborhoods, in both rural and urban settings. They have disseminated the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to thousands of communities across the nation.
Perhaps you reside in a state that does not have an active Main Street coordinating program in place or has never established a coordinating program. Or you may live in a geographic region that is not being served by a coordinating program. Maybe you live in a large city that is grappling with neighborhood revitalization issues but has no coordinating agency to provide guidance and assistance. In any of these cases, it is possible that the commercial centers of your communities are distressed and that a vital, active Main Street coordinating program could be an effective resource for addressing these issues.
The process for establishing a Main Street coordinating program begins with one simple step.
The National Trust Main Street Center welcomes your inquiry about Main Street coordinating programs and will respond in any of the following situations:
- You are an individual or representative of an organization or agency in a state that once had a functioning statewide Main Street coordinating program; but that program is no longer active, and you would like to know how the statewide coordinating program can be re-generated.
- You are an individual or representative of an organization or agency in a state that has never had a Main Street coordinating program, and you would like to know how to start a statewide Main Street® program. (At present there are five states that have never developed Main Street® coordinating programs. Those states are Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, New York, and North Dakota.)
- You are an individual or representative of an organization or agency in a specific geographical or political region of a state that is interested in finding out how to establish a regional Main Street coordinating program to provide revitalization assistance to the downtowns and neighborhood business districts of your region's cities, towns, and villages.
- You are an individual or representative of an organization or agency in a large city (with a population over 50,000) and would like to find out how a citywide Main Street coordinating program could be established to help revitalize your city's traditional neighborhood commercial districts.
For information on any of the situations listed above and for any other questions on statewide, citywide, and regional Main Street® coordinating programs you can address your inquiries to:
Lauren Adkins, Assistant Director for Field Services, National Trust Main Street Center, 202-588-6137, Lauren_adkins@nthp.org