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.

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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.

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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@savingplaces.org.

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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