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.
Main Street America is a program of the National Main Street Center. Learn more about the Center.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Main Street Now Conference! Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals May 1-3 for three exciting days of education sessions, mobile tours, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer.
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.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Main Street America Institute’s first-ever Community Transformation Workshop in Chicago, November 2-4. Participants visited three local commercial districts—Six Corners, Crystal Lake and Hyde Park—for expert-led educational sessions and exercises aimed at addressing complex revitalization projects and initiatives through the lens of the refreshed Main Street Approach.
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. The 2017 course catalog is coming soon!
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 at the Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh this May. Read more.
Thank you to PNC Bank for their generous sponsorship of the 2017 Great American Main Street Awards.