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 commerical 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

This year’s winners are a testament to the power of Main Street revitalization. Thanks to dedicated leadership, broad community support, and commitment to a comprehensive and incremental approach, these three Main Street programs have brought renewed vibrancy to their downtowns. It’s truly inspiring.

- Patrice FreyPresident & CEO, National Main Street Center
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2020 GAMSA Winners


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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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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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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