Great American Main Street Award

Great American Main Street Award

Recognizing communities exemplifying the use of the Main Street Approach to revitalize traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts.


Exceptional Main Streets

Each year, the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization with the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). Since the award’s inception in 1995, over 90 Main Street programs have been honored.


The application for the 2019 Great American Main Street Award will be open from Monday, May 7 - Friday, June 22 (midnight CST). All Main Street America Accredited Programs are encouraged to apply!

The award-winning communities will be chosen based on the following selection criteria:
  • Overall strength of the Main Street program and documented success in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit;
  • Demonstrated impact aligning with the Main Street Approach;
  • Commitment to historic preservation;
  • Active involvement of the public and private sector;
  • Model partnerships, including inclusive engagement of community members and local stakeholders in the downtown revitalization process; and
  • A Main Street America Accredited Program.
If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact Steve Amraen at 312.610.5609 or



GAMSA Winners

Great American Main Street Award winners represent the diversity of communities in the Main Street America network—small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts from every region in the country. Explore GAMSA winning communities:

2018 | Howell, Michigan

2018 | Oregon City, Oregon

2018 | Rock Springs, Wyoming

1995 - 2017