Main Street Program
Main Street is a program of the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Since 1980, over 2,000 communities in the United States utilize the Main Street model of commercial district revitalization. Over 57,000 new businesses were established in those towns, 230,000 jobs were created, and 93,000 buildings were rehabilitated. Main Street communities range in size from large to small. Main Street is entirely voluntary, locally run and funded, and is a cooperative effort between businesses, citizens, and local government. The state branch (Downtown Colorado Inc.) provides technical assistance to towns that win Main Street status. Main Street status is a competitive process, and requires an extensive application form with community input. Filling it out is a group effort. Main Street is an intensive four-part strategy, involving organization, design, economic restructuring, and promotion.