Main Street Field Services

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The National Main Street Center, Inc., (NMSC) educates communities on how to implement and maintain long-lasting preservation-based revitalization initiatives. Through our hands-on training and field services, our staff helps communities meet the challenges and opportunities facing their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.  Our goal is to provide communities with the tools and information for successful, sustainable revitalization.  We work with each partner to design individualized services, training programs, and educational seminars that meet local needs and resources.

Our skills and expertise help communities develop and strengthen preservation-based commercial district revitalization efforts and implement highly effective, successful revitalization projects. 

Main Street Field Services staff offers a comprehensive range of services to traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts in cities, small towns, high-growth communities, and inner-ring suburbs.  We provide technical assistance and training to new and existing Main Street programs, business improvement districts, community development corporations, downtown development authorities, chambers of commerce, and municipal governments. 

Our staff work with all types of communities in all stages of revitalization.  By working with NMSC, your community gets the benefit of decades of expertise, in-the-trenches knowledge, and proven preservation-based commercial district revitalization expertise – straight from the original Main Street source!

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NMSC offers a range of field services to help communities identify historic preservation and community revitalization issues and develop successful solutions. We provide based and advanced training, analysis, and consultation on commercial district revitalization topics - all customized to local needs and resources. Our field services and educational programs address the following areas of commercial district revitalization:

  • Historic preservation practice
  • Business retention and recruitment for historic places
  • Market analysis
  • Funding for revitalization
  • Parking, local planning issues, and zoning
  • Vision and strategic planning
  • Diversity and inclusion training
  • Small business assistance for historic Main Street district directors
  • Marketing and promotion tied to historic community character
  • Reuse and revitalization of historic properties
  • Nonprofit management, and
  • Board formation, development, and governance

On-site Seminars and Workshops

Because educating and engaging community leaders results in more successful revitalization efforts, the Main Street Center offers a wide range of standard and customized training seminars. These seminars and workshops include our Main Street Basics Seminars, in addition to other commercial district revitalization topics.  Each of our on-site seminars and workshops is designed to help local revitalization activists learn about relevant tools and techniques to address all aspects of commercial district revitalization. Learn more.


NMSC has extensive, hands-on experience in preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Our staff are well-versed in general revitalization issues and specialty subject areas. All NMSC field staff work with a variety of communities of different populations, demographics, economic conditions, and markets. When delivering services, we work with the community to understand local needs and dynamics and to develop targeted, workable solutions for implementation. 

For more information on Main Street Consulting Services, please contact NMSC at 312.610.5604 or

For Communities and Organizations

Whether your community is in the first stages of revitalization or you've got years of success behind you, NMSC Field Services has the expertise and resources you need to get to the next level. 

NMSC provides field services, technical assistance, and training to:

  • New and existing Main Street programs
  • Those interested in starting a Main Street program
  • Business improvement districts
  • Community development corporations
  • Downtown development authorities
  • Chambers of commerce, and
  • Municipal governments