Great American Main Street Awards®
Congratulations to the 2013 GAMSA Winners!
Announced during the 2013 Opening Plenary Session at the 2013 National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans. Read the official press release.
Great American Main Street Award®
Each year, the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive commercial district revitalization. These award-winning communities have demonstrated proven success in using the Main Street Four Point Approach® to create economic vitality, a unique sense of place, and a strong commitment to the community by all stakeholders.
The Great American Main Street Awards® competition is open to all National Main Street Programs accredited for two consecutive years prior to applying for the award. At this time, previous winners are ineligible to apply for GAMSA.
All entries are reviewed and scored by Main Street Coordinators and National Main Street Center staff using the established criteria. A jury of representatives from the community revitalization, economic development, and historic preservation fields will review the top reviewed applications, using the same criteria and select the winners.
Evaluation of applications is for the achievements of the commerical district and community as a whole, based on the direct involvement of the Main Street program.
Recognition of Winners
Winners of the Great American Main Street Awards® are officially honored at an awards ceremony during the National Main Streets Conference. The awards ceremony will feature the winners' achievements, as well as presentation of the award.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation will distribute press releases announcing the award winners to local and national media. Winning communities will also be featured in an issue of the National Trust Main Street Center's bi-monthly journal, Main Street Now, as well as on the www.mainstreet.org and www.PreservationNation.org websites and in other media.
Great American Main Street Awards® communities also receive a bronze plaque and a certificate marking their achievement.
Aside from a hiatus in 2007-2008, the Great American Main Street Awards have been given out since 1995. check all of the previous winners.