The Texas Main Street Program is a powerful network of communities in the Lone Star State that use the Main Street Four Point Approach® to carry out preservation-based economic development initiatives to revitalize their downtowns. As of July 2019, there are 88 designated communities. Visit each of them in this video, which was created by Chris Moore, Hillsboro Main Street Program, and Expedition Texas TV.
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 88 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. Effective January 1, 2019 we will be welcoming Granger; Emancipation Avenue/Historic Third Ward district of Houston; and Mesquite.
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!