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

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

2019 GAMSA Winners

Alberta, Ore.

Alberta Main Street is at the forefront of helping small businesses succeed, balancing historic preservation with new infill, and creating a welcoming district for all.


Wausau, Wisc.

Wausau River District has set an example for communities across the country that are looking to cultivate sustainable, long-term revitalization in their downtown.


Wheeling, W.V.

Wheeling Heritage has brought significant economic opportunity, harnessed the neighborhood’s historic character, and helped residents believe in their community's future.