Great American Main Street Award

Great American Main Street Award

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

Exceptional Main Streets

Each year, Main Street America 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 100 Main Street programs have been honored.

The application period for the 2024 Great American Main Street Awards has closed.
Please see below for additional information.

About 2024 GAMSA

Application: All Accredited Main Street America programs, with an active Main Street membership and that have not previously won, were invited to submit an application for 2024 GAMSA honors via our online portal, from June 20 - August 4, 2023.

Selection Criteria
: Winners are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants by a jury of Main Street professionals and leaders in the fields of community and economic development and historic preservation. Criteria for winning include: strength of the Main Street program in spurring community transformation, commitment to historic preservation, innovative programming, implementation of cross-sector partnerships, community outreach and stakeholder engagement, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Accolades & Ceremony
: Semifinalists will be promoted through Main Street America's digital platforms. Finalists will also receive a promotional video, media support, and profiles on the Main Street America website. We look forward to announcing the semifinalists this fall and recognizing the winners at the 2024 Main Street Now Conference in Birmingham, Alabama!

If you have any questions about the Great American Main Street Award, please contact Steve Amraen at 312.610.5609 or

The 2024 Great American Main Street Award is generously sponsored by The Hartford.


2024 GAMSA Semifinalists

The applications are in and the national jury of community development professionals has convened, deliberated, and selected the 2024 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalists! Join us in offering heartfelt congratulations to the eight Main Street America communities that are in the running for being recognized for their exemplary use of the Main Street Approach™ to transform their downtowns and neighborhood business districts.

Meet the 2024 GAMSA Semifinalists

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:

2023 | River District Association

2023 | Downtown Florence Main Street

2023 | Metuchen Downtown Alliance

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