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 89 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 89 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.
Town Square Initiative, a new venture in affiliation with Main Street
Linden and Buda Accepted into Texas Main Street Program
Congratulations to the newest members of the Texas Main Street program, Buda and Linden. THC Commissioners voted in October to make these communities the newest additions to our Texas Main Street Program. Linden and Buda officially enter the program January 1, 2017, becoming the 88th and 89th currently designated participants. Welcome to Main Street!
Congratulations to the 61 Texas Main Street communities that were recommended for national accreditation! The national accreditation by the National Main Street Center will be formally announced during the opening session of the Main Street Now conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2017. Click here for a list of all cities.