AUSTIN, Texas —
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has designated Freeport and Conroe as incoming 2022 official Texas Main Street communities. The announcement was made October 29 at the THC’s quarterly commission meeting in Austin.
Effective January 1, 2022, Freeport and Conroe join 88 other designated Main Street communities throughout Texas committed to a preservation-based economic development program focused on their historic downtowns.
Both Freeport and Conroe were previously official Texas Main Street communities—Freeport from 2000 to 2012 and Conroe from 2006 through 2010. The cities’ re-entry into the Texas Main Street Program underscores their commitment to downtown revitalization and their desire to take advantage of resources available to designated Main Street communities.
“We are happy to welcome Freeport and Conroe into this remarkable economic development program,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “We look forward to collaborating with them and helping them attain even greater success preserving and developing their historic downtowns as travel destinations.”
Every year, the THC may select up to five communities for official Main Street designation. Local Main Street programs receive a wide range of services and technical expertise from the THC, including design and historic preservation, planning, economic development, organizational management, and training. The Texas program is affiliated with the National Main Street Center/Main Street America, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The unique, preservation-based Main Street Four Point Approach helps stimulate private-sector downtown reinvestment in historic downtowns, and helps retain, expand, and recruit small businesses, while also creating new jobs in Texas. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the program, with the initial cities entering in 1981. Since its inception, the Texas Main Street Program has helped generate more than $4.9 billion in reinvestment in Texas downtowns and urban neighborhood commercial districts, created more than 44,000 jobs, and established more than 11,000 new businesses across 182 communities.