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.
Reinvestment in designated Main Street communities since 1981
Bastrop Chosen as Finalist
The Bastrop Main Street Program was chosen as a top 10 finalist for the highly acclaimed Small Business Revolution—Main Street Series. The winner will win a $500,000 makeover from Deluxe and be featured in an eight-part series on the Small Business Revolution website. Good luck, Bastrop!
Congratulations to the McKinney Main Street Program
Congratulations to the McKinney Main Street Program for winning a preservation grant from Partners inPreservation. The grant was for $150,000 to support work for the McKinney Performing Arts Center and exterior work for the downtown courthouse. Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership established in 2006 to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.