Main Street Awards

Main Street Awards

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



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.


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.

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

2018 GAMSA Winners

Howell, Mich.

Howell Main Street transformed the downtown district into a cultural destination through community-driven economic development and placemaking efforts.


Oregon City, Ore.

Downtown Oregon City Association harnessed the community’s entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate the local economy and drive investment in their downtown.


Rock Springs, Wyo.

Rock Springs Main Street/URA channeled the enterprising spirit of the west to the reinvigorate the downtown district and turn it into a thriving destination.