Why become a member of the National Main Street Center, Inc. (NMSC)? By joining the National Main Street movement your organization becomes part of the largest network of commercial district professionals in the world. More than 1,200 Main Street Programs, BIDs, CDC's, planners, local government agencies, consultants, and others converge to learn, research and share useful experience with each other. This guide explains the benefits of membership and how to access these tools.
This page explains membership benefits. 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:
- Bi-monthly issues of Main Street Now – the journal of the National Main Street Center, Inc.
- Main Street Weekly which delivers cutting edge tools and resources directly to your email inbox
- Online database resources from our website's Solution Center
- Access to the Main Street List Serve
- Discounts on conferences, and workshops produced by the National Main Street Center
- Membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which includes Preservation magazine
- Access to unique insurance products from the National Trust Insurance Services, LLC.
- Potential National Main Street Accreditation
- Eligibility to use the Main Street name
- A voice for your issues
Membership Benefit Details
Our bi-monthly journal, Main Street Now, is one of the most valuable benefits of membership. This 32-page, full-color 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not receiving your Main Street Now?
Please let us know immediately so we can fix any distribution problems. E-mail email@example.com or call 202.588.6219.
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.
Search our members-only database for sample documents, case studies, articles, reports, and other information gathered from successful local programs nationwide. Visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/resources/.
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 Center-produced books and conferences. Remember to identify yourself as a Network member with your eight digit member ID when ordering from our Bookstore or 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. www.preservationbooks.org
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; volunteer accident policy; and health insurance.
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 www.nationaltrust-insurance.org, e-mail NTIS at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 866.269.0944. Be sure to identify yourself as a National Trust Main Street Network member.
Reach a National Audience
Promote your local program to a national audience. My Main Street serves as a forum to showcase your Main Street. Photos submitted may be used at any time in Main Street Now, and digitally on the Main Street website and other National Trust web pages. One photo will be showcased on the back cover of each issue of Main Street Now and others will be featured on the Main Street homepage.
Locate the perfect consultant/contractor/vendor for an upcoming project by visiting our Allied Services Directory.
In addition to featuring members in Main Street Now, the Center also gives members national publicity through several communications channels. Help draw attention to your organization through the National Trust and The Center.
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!
National Main Street Accreditation
Receiving National Main Street Program status is a prestigious designation, demonstrating that a program’s operational performance meets or exceeds a set of high standards. The 10 Standards of Performance, require programs to be National Main Street Network members in order to be eligible for accreditation.
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.
If you have questions about your membership, call us at 202.588.6219 or e-mail email@example.com.