About Us

Who We Are

Main Street America is a program of the National Main Street Center. We revitalize older and historic commercial districts to build vibrant neighborhoods and thriving economies.

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How We Do It

By partnering with organizations and leaders at the local, city, state, and national level, Main Street America protects the historic character of cities and towns across the country, and promotes shared prosperity. Our approach is comprehensive, inclusive, place-based and people-focused.

Our History

The National Main Street Center was established as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 as a way to address the myriad issues facing older and historic downtowns during that time. Working with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities, Main Street has helped over 2,000 communities across the country bring economic vitality back downtown, while celebrating their historic character, and bringing communities together.

An exciting new chapter for the organization began on July 1, 2013, when the National Main Street Center launched as an independent subsidiary of the National Trust. This transition enables Main Street to build on its three-decade record of success, with new leadership and new resources that will help communities respond to evolving needs and opportunities in the commercial district revitalization field.

In 2015, the Center launched a new program brand for the network of Main Street programs—Main Street America™—to reinvigorate our collective look, feel, and strategy to position Main Street as a leader locally, regionally, and nationally.

The National Main Street Center is based in Chicago, Illinois, with an office in Washington, DC, and field staff located throughout the country.

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Meet Our Staff

Get to know the National Main Street Center staff and board.

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Get to Know the Network

Explore the communities that make up the Main Street America network.

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