Main Street Awards

Main Street Awards

Recognizing the best and the brightest in preservation-based commercial district revitalization.


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Great American Main Street Award

Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and representatives of government agencies involved in economic development and historic preservation, winners exemplify the power of the Main Street Approach®. LEARN MORE.

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Main Street Excellence Awards

All three awards—Innovation on Main Street Award, Business Leadership Award, and Main Street Hero Award—recognize high caliber Main Street organizations and individuals. LEARN MORE.

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Great American Main Street Award

The 2017 GAMSA winners showcase the realized potential of commercial district revitalization. Whether it’s attracting independent businesses, repurposing historic buildings or cultivating a thriving food scene, this year’s winners all understand the importance of growing communities that value historic preservation while supporting the changing shift in population and trends.

- Patrice FreyPresident & CEO, National Main Street Center
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2017 GAMSA Winners


Covington: A creative renaissance 

Renaissance Covington, located just south of Cincinnati and the Ohio River in Kentucky, has transformed the downtown district through creative public space projects and strong business investment.

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Oretha Castle Haley Blvd: A community for all

OC Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association helped reinvigorate their commercial district into a robust community that not only celebrates New Orleans’ culture of jazz heritage and great cuisine, but also historic preservation.

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West Chester: Historic town with thriving food scene

West Chester BID in West Chester, Pennsylvania, preserved the area’s historic and cultural heritage while modernizing the neighborhood into a fine-dining destination.

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