The Application cycle to become a designated Main Street community for 2022 is now open. Please see the Becoming a Main Street Community page of this website for more information and the application.
Open this document to read about investment activity in Texas Main Streets during 2020. While the pandemic brought obvious economic struggles, the report shows that the historic downtowns and small, local businesses in Texas' Main Street districts were still being supported.
Congratulations to Linda McCalla, who was Georgetown's first Main Street program manager from 1982-1984. At the Texas Historical Commission's Real Places conference in February, Linda was recognized with the Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development. She helped lay a strong foundation for this highly successful program. Today, Linda continues to be a strong local preservation leader, as well as a local small business owner. See the presenation here.
The national Main Street revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed 40 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. 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. Julian Read, husband of the founder of Texas Main Street, passed away in May 2021. Mr. Read, a nationally prominent public relations expert, was also instrumental in helping to grow the Texas Main Street Program within the Texas Historical Commission. To honor the wishes expressed in his obituary, you may DONATE to the Anice and Julian Read Texas Main Street Program Fund within the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.
The mission of the TMSP is "to provide technical expertise, resources, and support for Texas Main Street communities in accordance with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic vitality, design, and promotion. Using a team-centered approach, we strive to provide highly effective, individualized services to our 88 designated programs to help them reach their revitalization and preservation goals."
The TMSP is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission and operates in affiliation with Main Street America®, 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 accepted its first communities and became one of the first six statewide coordinating programs in the nation.
Main Street is a powerful tool for reviving local economies and bringing communities together to forge their future. Watch the video below to learn more.
Texas Main Street was one of the first coordinating programs in the country, created in 1980