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Forward Thinking


Main Streets responded to the multiple crises over the past year with inspiring creativity and tenacity. To recognize exemplary recovery and resilience efforts, Main Street America celebrated six downtown commercial districts by presenting them with the Main Street Forward Award at the 2021 Main Street Now Conference.

From launching an outdoor dining district and providing small business relief funding to distributing meals and producing PPE, their work represents the power of Main Street programs to support and uplift their communities.

Photo: Citizen Yoga in Royal Oak, Michigan    Credit: Tyler Lenzi and Kenny Lenzi


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Main Streets in Action
A new set of videos from Main Street America shows the power of Main Street’s potential: to revive local economies, bring communities together, and forge the future for cities and towns across the country.

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Main Street Blog

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Main Street Now Conference

The Main Street Now Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, providing attendees with an opportunity to convene and learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.

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Main Street America Institute

The Main Street America Institute (MSAI) is our targeted professional development training program aimed to equip downtown and commercial district leaders with the tools they need to lead results-oriented and preservation-based community revitalization organizations.

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Main Street is a Movement

Main Street America has been helping to revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.


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Field Services

Main Street America’s field services team provides community organizations, municipalities, and states with cutting-edge training on all aspects of commercial district revitalization.

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Project Spotlight

Community Spotlight

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GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET

Kendall Whittier Main Street


In just 10 years, Kendall Whittier Main Street has radically changed the perception of their neighborhood and become the center of community life for its residents.

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GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET

Boyne City Main Street


Boyne City’s inspiring transformation serves as a model for downtowns looking to appeal to tourists while investing in the quality of life of year-round residents.

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GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET

Downtown Tupelo Main Street


Tupelo’s lively downtown with a thriving small business environment is a shining example of the impact of a sustained, incremental approach to community revitalization.

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Since 1980

$85.43

Billion Reinvested

295348

Buildings Rehabilitated

672333

Jobs Created

150079

Businesses Started

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