Basic Training

Learn about the nationally successful Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization from the organization that has been the leader in the field for more than 25 years. During this intensive, four-day training, you’ll study each of the four elements of the Main Street approach — Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring — and find out how these areas can be combined in a local, grassroots initiative to form a dynamic, comprehensive revitalization program appropriate to traditional commercial districts.

The next Basic Training Institute will be held in 2010. If you are interested in receiving information when dates and locations are set, please email

General Information

Who should attend?

Main Street Basic Training is for anyone interested in learning about commercial district revitalization: new Main Street directors and board members, urban planners, chamber executives, economic development professionals, community development corporation directors, and anyone interested in improving the health of downtowns or neighborhood business districts.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn the basics of commercial district revitalization from experienced National Trust Main Street Center staff.
  • Get an in-depth understanding of the successful Main Street Four-Point Approach®.
  • Network with others involved in commercial district revitalization.

Curriculum and Schedule:

Each day of training is dedicated to one of the four points of the Main Street Approach, and each session is conducted by a National Trust Main Street Center staff member.

Registration Details

Network Member Rate: $680 (2008 rate)
Non Member Rate: $850 (2008 rate)
Group Rate*: $630 ea. (2008 rate)
*Available for Network Member organizations or Main Street Coordinating programs that send 3 or more people. Registrations must submitted together, using a separate form for each person.

Registration includes:

  • access to the training on each day;
  • light refreshments in the morning and afternoon;
  • a copy of Revitalizing Main Street; and
  • a 3-ring binder with additional materials for each of the Four Points.


Phone: 202.588.6219