AUSTIN, Texas —
The application process for becoming designated as an official Texas Main Street community is now open. The application and timelines are available on the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) website. Since 1981, the Texas Main Street Program has been helping revitalize historic downtowns across the state, drawing in billions of dollars of reinvestment while preserving the character of each participating community.
The application includes complete information about the process; optional Intent to Apply notification; Selection Criteria; and sample budgets. Applications are due July 31, 2018. An optional Intent to Apply notification is due April 27. Information about the Intent to Apply is included on page 8 of the application. Applications are considered by Commissioners of the THC at the fall quarterly meeting in October, and official entrance into the program occurs January 1, 2019.
Applications are considered based upon five primary criteria: historic commercial fabric and historic character; community and private sector support and organizational capacity; support and financial capacity; physical capacity and business environment; and demonstrated need. Each year, up to five cities or historic neighborhood commercial districts may be selected. Designated communities receive a range of services and resources through designation that includes professional expertise provided to the program, and to downtown property and business owners in the areas of design, preservation, downtown-specific economic development, organizational management, and small business development.
Application questions can be directed to TMSP State Coordinator Debra Drescher.