Thank You for Saving the Historic Tax Credit

May 15, 2018 | Thank You for Saving the Historic Tax Credit! | 


Dear Main Street Colleagues,

I can hardly believe it’s been seven weeks since we convened in Kansas City for the 2018 Main Street Now Conference. The opportunity to connect with you all and explore new ideas in the field always leaves me inspired, and I hope you feel the same.  

This year, a particular highlight was our celebration of the success of the campaign to save the Historic Tax Credit (HTC). Collectively, we raised our voices – calling legislators, circulating sign-on letters, educating stakeholders – and it worked! The HTC was preserved because of the dogged work of so many of you, and other advocates who made the case for the transformative power this tool has on communities across the country.  Despite our success, we also know that this work is never ending. Ongoing support for the credit – and the potential for improvements beneficial to Main Street communities –  is dependent upon continued engagement with lawmakers.

If you were able to join us for the Opening Plenary, you may recall that during my remarks I asked everyone to stand and show our appreciation for those legislators who worked to retain the HTC. The video of our community coming together in one voice to say “thank you” is available here. This was a powerful moment demonstrating the strength of our network, and we appreciate the participation of all who were present.

We are now asking for your support to make sure this message of thanks reaches lawmakers. Could you please help us by ensuring that your members of Congress receive a copy of the video? Simply share via social media or send your Congressperson’s office an e-mail mentioning this took place during the Main Street Now Conference. Be sure to tag @NatlMainStreet and use the hashtag #HistoricTaxCredit so we can amplify your voice!

It was amazing to see Main Street’s advocacy in action. Again, I can’t thank you enough.



Patrice Frey, President and CEO
National Main Street Center