Information is a powerful tool that is an essential ingredient for an effective downtown revitalization effort. This is why the Texas Main Street Program staff provides considerable training and educational opportunities and resources to its participating communities, especially in the areas of historic preservation, partnership development, organziational management, leadership and team building, and economic development. We hope the resources below will help you and your community in their preservation and downtown revitalization journey.
- Main Street Matters, a monthly newsletter from the Texas Main Street Program that spotlights various designated communities and provides technical advice
Main Street Jobs. For information about career opportunities in Main Street or preservation please see Texas listings at the bottom of this page, or visit these sites:
- Career Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Main Street Center
- Job Openings page of this website for openings in the Texas Historical Commission.
- Texas Municipal League. Main Street positions for programs housed within city government are also generally posted in the TML Career Center
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For more than 30 years, the Texas Main Street Program has partnered with the Texas Downtown Association on hosting an annual statewide Downtown Revitalization Conference. The next conference will be held in McKinney, a Texas Main Street community since 2004, November 7-10, 2017.
The national Main Stree organization -- Main Street America -- holds an annual conference, Main Street Now, that draws Main Street professionals from across the country. The next conference is in Pittsburg, Pa. May 1-3, 2017. Main Street America has also published a State of Main magazine for 2017 that is part annual report and part industry journal on cutting edge techniques and tools for the field of Main Street revitalization. The Texas Main Street Program officially designates and accredits Main Street communities in Texas in affiliation with the national program.
- On August 26, 2016, a webinar on the Texas Capital Fund improvements program through the Texas Department of Agriculture was held. The webinar included a presentation on the Section 106 review process that is a critical component of both the application process and the grant project for an awarded application. The Section 106 presentation is here. Section 106 is a required process for any project that receives federal funding. The Texas Capital Fund focuses on slum and blight elimination and accessiblity and is managed through the Texas Department of Agriculture. Two of the components of this grant program are the Main Street Improvements Grant for designated Main Street programs and the Downtown Revitalization Program for non-Main Street communities. TCF applications are due in October. There is also a separate Real Estate and Infrastructure grant. All of these grants are for non-entitlement communities.
- Each year, an application webinar is held for those interested in exploring a Main Street application. Annual applications for designation are due on the last working day of July each year. The application webinar will be scheduled prior to that time. See the Becoming A Main Street Community page of this website.
Many other preservation resources are available to you within this website that provide information on additional tools and programs, which are helpful to the downtown revitalization effort, such as:
- Certified Local Government
- Heritage Tourism
- Codes for historic buildings
- Standards and guidelines
- Preservation tax incentives
General technical design resources:
- The National Park Service (NPS) preservation briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings.
- The General Services Administration (GSA) offers offers instruction on historic preservation technical procedures.
Job postings in local Main Street communities (Open as of March 2017).
Georgetown. Georgetown has had a strategic and nationally recognized Main Street/downtown revitalization program since the 1980s, and this position will continue to build upon that impressive history. The position reports to the Economic Development director. The position (Downtown Development Manager) is posted here: http://georgetown.org/jobs/.
Marshall has participated since 2003. There are two related job openings, for Main Street Coordinator, and for Tourism and Promotions Coordinator. These postings can be viewed here.