Three Main Street America Staff members standing in front of a mural in Marion, Iowa.

Marion, Iowa © Tasha Sams

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We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

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Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.

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Dionne Baux and MSA partner working in Bronzeville, Chicago.

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Looking for strategies and tools to support you in your work? Delve into the Main Street Resource Center and explore a wide range of resources including our extensive Knowledge Hub, professional development opportunities, field service offerings, advocacy support, and more!

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Your one-stop-shop for all the latest stories, news, events, and opportunities – including grants and funding programs – across Main Street.

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Kendall Whittier — Tulsa, Oklahoma © Kendall Whittier Main Street

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Three Main Street America Staff members standing in front of a mural in Marion, Iowa.

Marion, Iowa © Tasha Sams

About

We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

Overview Who We Are How We Work Partner Collaborations Our Supporters Our Team Job Opportunities Contact Us
Two community members in Emporia Kansas pose with a sign saying "I'm a Main Streeter"

Emporia, Kansas © Emporia Main Street

Our Network

Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.

Overview Coordinating Programs Main Street Communities Collective Impact Awards & Recognition Community Evaluation Framework Join the Movement
Dionne Baux and MSA partner working in Bronzeville, Chicago.

Chicago, Illinois © Main Street America

Resources

Looking for strategies and tools to support you in your work? Delve into the Main Street Resource Center and explore a wide range of resources including our extensive Knowledge Hub, professional development opportunities, field service offerings, advocacy support, and more!

Overview Knowledge Hub Field Services Government Relations Main Street Now Conference Main Street America Institute Small Business Support Allied Member Services The Point Members Area
People riding e-scooters in Waterloo, Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa © Main Street Waterloo

The Latest

Your one-stop-shop for all the latest stories, news, events, and opportunities – including grants and funding programs – across Main Street.

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Woman and girl at a festival booth in Kendall Whittier, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kendall Whittier — Tulsa, Oklahoma © Kendall Whittier Main Street

Get Involved

Join us in our work to advance shared prosperity, create strong economies, and improve quality of life in downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

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A large group of people celebrate on stage while accepting their 2023 Great American Main Street Award.

Metuchen Downtown Alliance accepts their 2023 Great American Main Street Award. © mark manne photography/​Main Street America

Leading by Example

Main Street America’s signature awards programs recognize and celebrate Main Street programs and leaders.

Click on the cards below to learn more about our awards programs and meet previous winners.




Recent Recipients

2023 Great American Main Street Award

Each organization’s story and work are unique, however the 2023 GAMSA winners all demonstrate excellence in creating welcoming downtowns through representative leadership, innovative programming, and inclusive economic development.”

- Hannah White, Main Street America Interim President & CEO (20222023)

River District Association in Danville, Virginia, is recognized for creating a fertile environment for economic vitality through exceptionally strong collaborative leadership and partnerships.

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People shopping at an indoor farmers market.

Danville, Virginia © Laura Ashworth

In Florence, South Carolina, Downtown Florence Main Street develops innovative and forward-thinking approaches to creating community buy-in through representative leadership and inclusive programming.

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A colorful mural featuring the depiction of an African American barber cutting hair installed on the side of a historic brick building.

Florence, South Carolina © Downtown Florence Main Street

Metuchen Downtown Alliance in Metuchen, New Jersey, is celebrated for excellence in creating a welcoming, walkable, and inclusive downtown through innovative and family-friendly programming.

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People participating in a Pride parade joyfully walk down a sidewalk while waving rainbow flags.

Metuchen, New Jersey © Richard Alfonzo Photography



2023 Mary Means Leadership Award

John is the most compassionate and dedicated community development champion that I know…He is a staunch supporter of our Main Street Oakland County communities, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him for the betterment of our downtowns!”

- Kristi Trevarrow, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Executive Director

Honoring John Bry for his ability to develop innovative ideas, build organizational capacity of local programs and leaders, and lead through understanding as program coordinator at Main Street Oakland County in Michigan.

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John Bry 

John Bry © John Bry



2020 Main Street Forward Awards

The recipients of the Main Street Forward Awards have demonstrated inspiring creativity and entrepreneurial thinking in the face of existential challenges to their downtowns. While their projects are wide-ranging, these Main Street programs have all stepped in to rebuild more sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. I know that their work will serve as an example to communities across the country of the perseverance of the Main Street Movement.”

- Patrice Frey, Main Street America President and CEO (20132022)

Recognizing six downtown commercial districts that demonstrated exemplary recovery and resilience efforts amid the multiple crises of 2020

Meet the Recipients
A shop clerk wraps a small succulent plant for a customer.

Royal Oak, Michigan © Royal Oak DDA

Aerial view of the Vulcan Statue with the city of Birmingham skyline in the background.

Vulcan Statue © Art Meripol

Main Street Now 2024

Birmingham, Alabama

Join fellow commercial district revitalization leaders from across the country for three days of insightful education sessions, unique special events, immersive mobile workshops, and memorable experiences.

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