We Are Main Street Strong


June 10, 2020 | We Are Main Street Strong |

The Main Street American Network has accomplished so much together over the past 40 years—not only in good times, but also in challenging times. This is a difficult period for our country and our communities, but our collective work over these past four decades—especially our accomplishments in 2019—shows that Main Streets have the power to persevere. We hope you are able to take a moment to pause and review our just-released 2019 revitalization statistics and our new edition of State of Main. Now more than ever, we have a crucial role to play in supporting small businesses, maintaining and improving quality of life for all, and ultimately restoring the vitality of commercial districts.

2019 Reinvestment Statistics

The Main Street Network’s 2019 reinvestment statistics are in, and communities reported some of their most impressive gains in more than 10 years. Main Streets generated $6.45 billion in reinvestment in 2019—the network’s highest annual reinvestment amount since 2006, and the third highest amount in our history. With 6,466 net new businesses in 2019, we saw the highest number of net new businesses since 1996. The network also reached some major cumulative milestones, surpassing $80 billion reinvested cumulatively—from $78.98 Billion in 2018 to $85.43 Billion in 2019. We also broke the 150,000 threshold for cumulative net new businesses—from 143,613 in 2018 to 150,079 in 2019.


State of Main

The 2020 digital edition of our annual publication State of Main is now live. With our We Are Main Street campaign as the guiding theme, this year’s edition takes a look back at our year together and celebrates the broad diversity of champions that make up our powerful network. We hope it serves as a source of inspiration in the days ahead as well as reinforces our core belief that Main Streets are for everyone. The publication also offers resources and solutions for leading revitalization efforts and information on the programs and services we provide to advance the movement. We encourage you to check out our Main Street Forward campaign for the latest guidance on how to navigate the recovery process.


Not a member? Please consider joining our movement today to gain access to valuable resources and connect with peers in the Main Street revitalization field across the nation. If you'd like to receive a sample of our member resources, let us know. Together We Are Main Street Strong.


Thank you to the following Allied Members for their support of this year's edition of State of Main:
 AirNetix, LLC | Discovery Map International, Inc | Distrx | PoasterBoard.com |
Resonance, LLC | Rileighs Outdoor Décor | Urality | W.F. Norman Corp

Please note: State of Main will only be available digitally this year.