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.


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.

Winners are recognized each spring at the Main Street Now Conference.



These award-winning communities demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts 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.