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Welcome to Main Street America

Over the past 35 years, the National Main Street Center has led the development of a national network of over 2,000 historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts: Main Street America™. The people who make up Main Street America are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.

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Main Street America is a program of the National Main Street Center. Learn more about the Center.

Main Street Now Conference

Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals in Pittsburgh May 1–3 for three exciting days of education sessions, mobile workshops, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the official conference hastag #NOW17.

Together, we’ll explore how Main Streets can position themselves at the forefront of the new economy, dive into the critical intersection of health and place, discover how commercial districts can be drivers of equity and inclusion, and so much more. Learn more.

The Reality of Main Street

A recent opinion piece by economist Louis Hyman, The Myth of Main Street, presented a bleak choice for Main Street America: persist in hopeless efforts to rebuild your downtown or graciously accept a future of telecommuting for a distant corporation. We know, of course, that this is a false choice.

The National Main Street Center and the Brookings Institution have jointly authored a response to Mr. Hyman’s piece, The Reality of Main Street, that is featured on Brookings’ blog. We encourage you to check it out, keep up the dialogue, and continue to share with us just how real your Main Street is by using the hashtag #realmainstreet.

You can also download The Reality of Main Street as a PDF to share with your local media!

State of Main

Our inaugural edition of State of Main, the annual publication of Main Street America, is now available electronically!

Serving as both an annual report and an industry journal, State of Main provides a detailed look back on all that we have accomplished together this year, as well as a platform to explore cutting edge ideas and trends in the commercial district revitalization field.

Read it here.

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The course schedule for the spring semester of the Main Street America Institute (MSAI) is now available. Visit the MSAI website for course dates and registration information.

The Main Street America Institute, our targeted professional development training program, equips downtown and commercial district leaders with the tools they need to lead results-oriented and preservation-based community revitalization organizations.

Your 2017 GAMSA Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to all ten Great American Main Street Award® semi-finalists! Together, they have generated almost a billion dollars in public and private reinvestment, while creating 5,679 new jobs, opening 1,085 new businesses, rehabbing 1,359 buildings and clocking over 133,000 volunteer hours.

The Great American Main Street Award is the highest recognition given out by the National Main Street Center. Each year, we celebrate exceptional Main Street America organizations for their work in creating more economically, socially, and culturally vibrant commercial districts. Winners will be announced live at the Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh May 1. Read more.

Thank you to PNC​ Bank for their generous sponsorship of the 2017 Great American Main Street Awards.


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