The Main Street Program is a national program that works to revitalize historic downtowns. The National Trust for Historic Preservation created the Main Street Program in 1977 in reaction to economic decline and threats to traditional architecture in core commercial districts. Many of the early adopters of the Main Street program were rural communities in the American midwest. In the 1990s, urban neighborhoods began to adopt and advance the Main Street approach. Alberta Main Street was launched in 2010.
To classic Four-Point to Main Street revitalization includes: Organization, Promotions, Economic Restructuring, and Design.
Organization builds consensus and cooperation among community groups and organizations, manages and recruits volunteers, fundraises and creates public awareness of the Program.
Promotion is defined as selling and marketing the image and prospects of the downtown’s unique social, economic, and cultural character.
Economic Restructuring focuses on strengthening and broadening the existing economic base of the downtown. On Alberta Street, we call our group the “Business Development” Committee.
Design works to make visual improvements of the downtown through good design compatible with historic features.
Communities that have developed this approach in their own business districts on average have had a reinvestment rate of $40.35 for every one-dollar spent. For more information you can visit the website of the National Main Street Program.