AUSTIN, Texas —
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has designated Pearsall and Temple as 2018 official Texas Main Street cities. The announcement was made December 8 at the THC’s quarterly commission meeting in Austin.
The THC’s Texas Main Street Program is a revitalization program for historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Pearsall and Temple will officially enter the program January 1 and become the 88th and 89th currently designated participants. Pearsall will be part of the state’s small city Main Street network, and Temple will participate in the urban Main Street category. Temple was previously a designated Main Street community from 1988–1991.
“The Texas Main Street Program preserves the character of Texas’ downtowns, attracting new businesses and bringing more tourist dollars into local communities,” said THC Chairman John L. Nau, III. “Pearsall and Temple know that historic preservation isn’t about the past—it’s about developing new economic opportunities for the future.”
The THC's Texas Main Street Program began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the U.S. Since then, 176 Texas communities have participated in the program, generating more than $3.7 billion in overall reinvestment into historic downtowns, creating more than 37,000 jobs, and 9,200 small businesses.
Every year, the THC may select up to five Texas cities for official Main Street designation. Local Main Street programs receive a wide range of services and technical expertise from the THC including design and historic preservation, planning, economic development, organizational management, and training. The Texas program is affiliated with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.