National Main Street Awards

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Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA)

Each year the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. These award-winning communities demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts based on the following selection criteria:

  • Overall strength of the Main Street program and documented success in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit;
  • Demonstrated impact aligning with the Main Street Approach;
  • Commitment to historic preservation;
  • Active involvement of the public and private sector;
  • Model partnerships, including inclusive engagement of community members and local stakeholders in the downtown revitalization process. 
Congratulations to 2016's Great American Main Street Award winners Audubon Park, Orlando, Fla.; Dahlonega, Ga.; and Shaw District, Washington, D.C.! Find out more about the winning communities and watch the videos here.

Our ten 2017 Great American Main Street Award Semi-Finalists have been selected! Winners will be announced May 1, 2017, at the Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh. Learn more about the semi-finalists>
Winners are recognized each year at the Main Street Now Conference.

Learn more about GAMSA and explore past winners>

Innovation on Main Street Award

In 2015, the National Main Street Center launched the Innovation on Main Street Award. This award recognizes Main Street organizations for successful, sustainable initiatives that represent new approaches to existing downtown revitalization challenges or opportunities. Winners are recognized during the Closing Plenary at the Main Street Now Conference.

Learn about the 2016 Innovation on Main Street Award recipients>