Main Street Programs

Main Street West Virginia

The Main Street Program uses a common-sense approach to tackle the complex issue of revitalization, capitalizing on downtown’s history and the resources of the community itself.

The Main Street West Virginia program is in the Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office. The state program, started in 1988, provides design assistance and continuous training in the four-point approach for board and committee members and program managers. Main Street West Virginia also serves as a liaison between its current roster of communities and various state agencies.

National Main Street Center

The National Main Street Center is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Created by congressional charter in 1949, the Trust is a leading advocate of preservation in the United States. The focus of the National Main Street Center, formed in 1980 to promote small town revitalization, has expanded to include urban programs in such cities as Boston, Chicago and San Diego.

A community’s central business district often accounts for as much as 30 percent of a town’s jobs and 40 percent of its tax base. But a downtown is more than an economic asset. It is a community’s crossroad, a plae in our hearts and minds that evokes strong emotions and helps define our identity.

in recent years, many approaches to downtown revitalization, from urban renewal to paint-up, fix-up projects, have failed because they focused on just one or two problems, rather then dealing with the full spectrum of interrelated issues that affect traditional commercial districts.

The Main Street program’s approach to downtown revitalization has succeeded in more than a thousand towns and cities through-out the nation.

The four points that are the keys to the success of the Main Street approach are:

Organization

Promotion

Design

Economic Restructuring

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