National Trust Main Street Center Brochure 08


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National Trust Main Street Center Brochure 08

  1. 1. lead national trust main street center® h revitalizing america’s traditional business districts to build sustainable partner communities empower
  2. 2. partner why main street matters We believe that a prosperous and sustainable community is only as healthy lead as its core. BuilDing a movement At the National Trust Main Street Center®, Through ongoing research on we lead a coast-to-coast network of more emerging topics and in-depth than 1,200 state, regional, and local pro- field engagement across the grams, powerfully linked together through nation, the Center continuously a preservation-based strategy for rebuild- synthesizes and disseminates ing the places and enterprises that make best practices and new thinking sustainable, vibrant, and unique that meet emerging needs in our communities. Tapping the collec- communities. We are inspired by tive wisdom of partners around the the grassroots successes of our nation, we provide leading-edge network partners and strive to thinking and analysis to com- support and share their innovative munity leaders, while advocating solutions with comprehensive: for change on state and national policy levels. main street four-point approach™ as a unique economic development tool, the main street four-point approach™ is the foundation for local initiatives to revitalize their districts by lever- aging local assets—from cultural or architectural heritage to local enterprises and community pride. this comprehensive strategy fosters incremental im- provements in four broad areas:
  3. 3. r • professional training—to edu- National Main Street Network® development financing, and pro- cate local leaders and practitio- membership services. viding timely information through ners at our annual National Main our educational materials and • technical assistance—to launch Streets Conference, Main Street website: new programs, engage volunteers, Basic Training Institute, Certifica- build leadership, conduct market tion Institute in Professional Main our commitment analysis, and support local entre- to community Street Management, as well as preneurship through our field staff at the national trust for his- our year-round schedule of Main and partners. toric preservation, main street® is an integral component of Street Innovation Lab webinars. • national resources—to support the community revitalization Department, which empow- • network access—to best prac- local efforts by forging new part- ers individuals to use historic tices and new research in the field, nerships, channeling real estate preservation-based development published in our monthly journal strategies to revitalize neighbor- hoods and commercial districts Main Street News, as part of our while protecting their unique sense of place. 1 Economic Restructuring: re- defines the district’s niche in 2 Design: targets infrastructure and building improvements 3 Promotion: Focuses on au- thentic community assets, with 4 Organization: builds a path- way to leadership in local the marketplace and sharpens that lay the groundwork high-quality image develop- efforts by launching commu- the competitiveness of for a physical ment campaigns and events nity-based, volunteer-driven existing businesses, transformation that will attract new shoppers, nonprofit entities that em- while nurturing that will be visitors, and residents. power residents and investors new enterprises both func- to collaborate for sustainable that respond to tional and revitalization. today’s con- attractive. sumers’ needs.
  4. 4. where we work Since 1980, more than 2,000 affiliated mented since Main Street programs have been launched our founding in 43 states through a unique partnership and demonstrates structure with Main Street “Coordinating how revitalized Programs.” Mostly at the state level—but districts can truly be an increasingly at regional and citywide levels economic engine—creating jobs, expanding as well—these coordinating partners pro- wealth, and building the tax base for each vide the direct, ongoing support that has participating community. The National set the standard for quality and progress Trust Main Street Center annually collects nationwide. We are committed to building and reports these statistics as just one “50 Strong” networks of programs operat- measure of effectiveness. ing in every state in the nation. While these reinvestment statistics are We measure our results through the prog- important, numbers tell just part of the ress of our network. The cumulative suc- story—civic pride, leadership development, cess of the Main and community sustainability also increase economic impact of main Street Approach when local stakeholders join with national street revitalization and local Main partners to leverage their assets and build financial reinvestment $45 Billion (infrastructure and real estate improved) Street programs a future together. Business expansion 82,909 (net new businesses created) has been docu- Job creation 370,514 (net new jobs documented) property improvements 199,519 (building rehabilitations completed) Cumulative national results reported from 2,112 local unleash programs launched between 1980 and 2007. potential By working with the National Trust Main Street Center, local programs and partners can unleash the potential of downtowns and neighborhood business districts and use their unique assets to build sustainable communities. to learn more, visit, call 202-588-6219, or contact us at 1785 massachusetts avenue n.w., washington Dc, 20036. e Front Cover photo: woman making purChase, ©Jet pabst