Standard Member Benefits

Why become a member of the National Main Street Center? By joining the National Main Street movement your organization becomes part of the largest network of commercial district professionals in the world. As a Standard member, tap into the expertise of our large network of Main Street Programs, BIDs, CDC's, planners, local government agencies, consultants, and others to learn, research and share useful experience with each other. This guide explains the benefits of membership and how to access these tools.

We want you to get as much out of your membership as possible! Please contact us if you require any assistance with your benefits. 

Your benefits include: 

Annual Dues: $250

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Membership Benefit Details

Main Street Now

Our quarterly digital journal, Main Street Now, is one of the most valuable benefits of membership. This publication reports on a emerging best practices and trends in the revitalization field, topics you won't see covered anywhere else. 

We love to feature our members in Main Street Now

Let us know if you have an interesting story or case study to share. E-mail your ideas to

Main Street Weekly

The Main Street e-newsletter, Main Street Weekly, delivers the latest news from the field directly to your email inbox. Highlighting best practices and case studies as well as other helpful resources, our newsletters will quickly become one of your most valuable emails.

 Online Traning

These monthly educational opportunities from the Main Street Innovation Lab provide training from the experts on various revitalizatoin topics - right from the convenience of your desk! Best of all, these sessions are recorded and posted online so you can watch them any time.


National Main Street Center members can explore our digital library featuring the most popular Main Street publications in an easy, searchable format.

 Volunteer Toolkit

Managing a team of volunteers can be one of the most rewarding – and challenging – parts of the job. That’s where the National Main Street Center’s Volunteer Toolkit comes into play. Here, you’ll find a customizable handbook and a wealth of resources and best practices on volunteer management, including examples from your Main Street peers to inspire you.

 Solution Center

Search our members-only Solution Center for sample documents, case studies, articles, reports, and other information gathered from successful local programs and thought-leaders in the field.  


The MainStreetList is the place to communicate with others involved in preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Post questions, share experiences, or read all the solutions and ideas delivered to your e-mail box. Be sure to sign up for the list serve and take advantage of this benefit — you can't afford not to!  Are you researching a paticular topic?  Don't forget to search the MainStreetList archives.  (You must already be subscribed to the MainStreetList to view the archives.)


Members receive a substantial discount on our conferences and trainings. Remember to identify yourself as a Network member with your eight digit member ID when registering for the National Main Streets Conference, the National Preservation Conference, and other trainings.  

 Membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation

When you join the National Main Street Network, you automatically become a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Benefits include:

  • A subscription to the award-winning magazine, Preservation, published bi-monthly
  • Access to Preservation's online archive 
  • Free or discounted admission to National Trust historic sites nationwide, plus a 10 percent discount in most National Trust historic site Museum Shops
  • 10 percent discount on Preservation Books publications.

 Unique Insurance Products from the National Trust Insurance Services, LLC.

The National Trust Insurance Services, LLC, (NTIS) program is specifically designed to provide the proper insurance for your organization. NTIS has relationships with more than 20 national carriers, providing the flexibility to assemble an insurance package tailored to the specific needs of a Main Street organization, a historic property owner, or a business. NTIS has designed an innovative program to offer a comprehensive insurance package that includes property and general liability; special events coverage with liquor liability options; directors and officers liability, including employment practices liability; workers compensation; and volunteer accident policies.

In addition, to the specified coverages listed above, NTIS can also provide coverage for risks that include vacant buildings, builders risk, and fine arts.

For more information, visit, e-mail NTIS at, or call 866.269.0944.  Be sure to identify yourself as a National Main Street Network member.

 Reach a National Audience

Promote your local program to a national audience. We love to showcase our members. Submit photos or stories to be used in Main Street Weekly and Main Street Now, our social media pages, on the Main Street website, and other National Trust web pages.

 Allied Services Directory

Locate the perfect consultant/contractor/vendor for an upcoming project by visiting our Allied Services Directory.

 Recruit Qualified Staff

Expand your search for the perfect candidate by posting job openings for your local program through the National Trust’s® online Career Center. Main Street has its own section, and it’s free!

 Eligibility to Use the Main Street Name

The National Trust for Historic Preservation owns the trademark for the phrase "Main Street" as it applies to the revitalization of traditional and historic commercial districts. The Trust allows members involved in the revitalization of these commercial districts to use the name "Main Street" to describe their programs, according to specified guidelines.

 A Voice for Your Issues

The NMSC works with government agencies and national partners on issues that matter to you and that affect your commercial district. Your membership helps to support our work on changing public policy and forming strategic partnerships to bring more resources to commercial district revitalization.

Contact us!

If you have questions about membership, check out our FAQ page, call us at 312.610.5611, or e-mail