To get involved with your local Main Street program, view or print the latest Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) contacts list (PDF). We invite you to visit our participating communities in this slide presentation or our digital map. To find job postings for Main Street positions in locally designated communities, please see the Main Street Resources page.
Like the state itself, the currently designated 87 communities that participate in the Texas Main Street network are diverse in many ways. They range from some of the very smallest communities in Texas to urban areas and they are spread all across the state. Of the currently designated Main Street communities, 74 have less than 25,000 in population and 15 have more than 25,000 population. Together, more than 2.5 million Texans live in these Main Street communities. Our newest additional communities for 2017 are Buda and Linden, who joined the Texas Main Street network January 1st.
The First Lady Tour is a 36-year-old annual tradition that celebrates Texas Main Street communities and welcomes the program's newest designated communities. The First Lady Tours were celebrated in Buda and Linden on April 18, 2017 with a visit by First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott. Event images can be found here. We invite you to also view this THC video about the 2017 visits.
The Texas Main Street Program recommended 61 cities for National Accreditation to the National Main Street Center. The recommendation is based upon a Report of Progress submitted to the state office as part of its annual reporting requirement for Fiscal Year 2016. 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. Congratulations to the following Main Street communities: Amarillo, Bastrop, Bay City, Beaumont, Beeville, Brenham, Bridgeport, Caldwell, Canton, Canyon, Carthage, Childress, Colorado City, Corsicana, Cuero, Denison, Denton, Elgin, Ennis, Farmersville, Georgetown, Gladewater, Gonzales, Grand Saline, Grapevine, Greenville, Harlingen, Henderson, Hillsboro, Kingsville, La Grange, Laredo, Levelland, Longview, Lufkin, Luling, McKinney, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Palestine, Paris, Pilot Point, Rockwall, Rosenberg, Royse City, San Angelo, San Augustine, San Marcos, Sealy, Seguin, Sherman, Taylor, Texarkana, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Waxahachie, Weatherford, and Winnsboro.
The diversity of Texas Main Street Program participants provides evidence that the Four Point model used nationwide by designated programs for more than 30 years can work for any community with a historic downtown. A nationally-utilized operational method is implemented in designated Main Street communities to help maintain focus on the issues needing attention, but it is truly the power of the residents, all working together for this common ideal of a revitalized historic downtown that makes the program work. Volunteerism truly is the backbone of the Main Street effort. If you live in a Main Street community, we encourage you to become involved in your local organization and help make your downtown something of which the whole community can be proud!