Main Street America

Economic Development

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

Main Street was established as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 as a way to address the myriad issues facing older and historic downtowns during that time. Working with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities, Main Street has helped over 2,000 communities across the country bring economic vitality back downtown, while celebrating their historic character and bringing communities together.


Our Mission

We believe Main Streets are for everyone. At the core of our approach to revitalization is:

a commitment to creating places of shared prosperity,
equal access to opportunity
and inclusive engagement.

Main Street America models and champions this vision through our actions and programs.