Main Street Awards

Main Street Awards

Celebrating excellence across the Main Street America Network.


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Leading by Example

Each year, Main Street America recognizes Main Street programs and leaders through its signature awards programs. Get inspired by exploring past winners below.


Great American Main Street Award

The Great American Main Street Award program recognizes communities exemplifying the use of the Main Street Approach to revitalize commercial districts.
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Mary Means Leadership Award
The Mary Means Leadership Award celebrates outstanding leaders and highlights the critical role that leadership plays in shaping the Main Street movement.
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Main Street Forward Awards
The Main Street Forward Awards program recognizes communities that have shown exemplary recovery and resilience efforts amid the multiple crises of 2020.
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Great American Main Street Award

While each program’s story and work are unique, the 2022 GAMSA winners share the same commitment to grassroots community development through initiatives that center principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

- Patrice FreyPresident & CEO, Main Street America
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2022 GAMSA Winners


Heart of Biddeford


From a 4th generation bakery and the oldest diner in Maine to new living spaces and anchor events, Biddeford has acted boldly to bring back community pride through inclusive business opportunities, cultural attractions, and beautification projects.

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Hammond Downtown Development District

It's Happening in Hammond! For nearly 40 years, Hammond has rallied stakeholders and embraced forward-thinking tools to carefully plan and implement a suite of impactful projects that have truly transformed the city.

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Laramie Main Street Alliance

Laramie's strong culture of lifelong learning, service, and community connection has resulted in a thriving downtown with a unique juxtaposition between historic preservation and a modern reinterpretation of Rocky Mountain living.

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