The national Main Street revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed more than 35 years ago, and there has been a statewide Texas program since that time operating through the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is one of the oldest and largest in the nation, with 90 fully designated communities. The program was brought to Texas by Anice Read, a former member of the Texas Historical Commission, who also served as first director of the state Main Street effort in 1981.
The mission of the TMSP is "to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion." At the TMSP, staff work on a daily basis with our 90 designated communities to help them reach their revitalization and preservation goals through the framework of the Approach®. This methodology provides the necessary tools for local communities to effectively address the issues downtowns face.
The TMSP is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission and operates in affiliation with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1981, following a pilot project of the national center that studied ways to address the decline of America's downtowns, the TMSP became one of the first six statewide coordinating programs in the nation.
A new set of videos from Main Street America shows the power of Main Street’s potential: to revive local economies, bring communities together, and forge the future for cities and towns across the country. The videos feature scenes from Main Streets across the country, as well as insight from experts and practitioners. We invite you to view the full video below, as well as the teaser.
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Smallest (Linden) and largest (Corpus Christi) Texas Main Street cities
First Lady Cecilia Abbott to visit Texas' newest Main Street communities
Continuing a 37-year tradition for the Texas Main Street Program, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will join the THC in a visit to Temple and Pearsall May 1, 2018 to welcome these newest Main Street communities. The public is invited to attend ceremonies and receptions in both towns. In Temple, there will be an outdoor ceremony and reception at City Hall, 2 N. Main beginning at 10:30 a.m. In Pearsall, an outdoor ceremony takes place beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of E. San Marcos and S. Oak streets. A reception follows next door in the Masonic Lodge building.
Main Street America™(MSA) Revitalization Professional Credentials
Congratulations to Linden Main Street Manager Allie Anderson, who was awarded the Main Street America™(MSA) Revitalization Professional credential at the national Main Street Now conference in March. To receive the credential, Allie worked for the past several years on a Leadership Development Certificate, a Community Transformation Certificate, and took a final exam. She was recognized by National Main Street Center CEO, Patrice Frey, in front of hundreds of attendees at the closing session of the national conference. Allie is the first Texas manager to receive this national certification and is in the second national class.