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We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

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Three Main Street America Staff members standing in front of a mural in Marion, Iowa.

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About

We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

Overview Who We Are How We Work Partner Collaborations Our Supporters Our Team Job Opportunities Contact Us
Two community members in Emporia Kansas pose with a sign saying "I'm a Main Streeter"

Emporia, Kansas © Emporia Main Street

Our Network

Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.

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Dionne Baux and MSA partner working in Bronzeville, Chicago.

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Resources

Looking for strategies and tools to support you in your work? Delve into the Main Street Resource Center and explore a wide range of resources including our extensive Knowledge Hub, professional development opportunities, field service offerings, advocacy support, and more!

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Main Street America works in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

Our work and the expertise of our staff have been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Daily Yonder, NPR’s Morning Edition, among others.

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We work with media outlets across many platforms to tell the stories of people-driven efforts advancing place-based economic development and community preservation in neighborhood commercial corridors. Our multifaceted and geographically diverse team are experts in myriad topics — from the history and future of the Main Street Movement to success stories and trends in economic development, entrepreneurship, small business, research, housing, and more.

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Media Mentions


Cuban restaurant owners leading rebirth effort in Quintana neighborhood

March 12, 2024 | Shari Biediger for San Antonio Report

Dionne Baux speaks about Main Street America’s partnership with the City of San Antonio for the Revitalize SA pilot program that provides leadership training and commercial corridor placemaking strategies. 

Main Street Business Insights Podcast Celebrates Small Business Owners

October 16, 2023 | Matt Wagner for Daily Yonder

Expanding their growing support for small business owners, Main Street America launches a podcast to uplift America’s downtown and neighborhood entrepreneurs.


Main Street America Featured on Discover America

September 9, 2023 | Robert and Mary Carey for RMWorldTravel

Hannah White joined Robert and Mary Carey to talk about the Main Street Movement and to share insights into historic downtowns and commercial corridors as fantastic destinations for unique travel experiences.

Turning Offices Into Apartments Could Help Save Downtowns, But it’s Complicated

July 24, 2023 | Erin Kenney for NPR

Patrice Frey shares how designing buildings that are more adaptable to changing needs benefit downtowns while reducing emissions.


The Math Problem Stymieing Small Businesses in Rural America

July 9, 2023 | Ruth Simon for Wall Street Journal

Featuring Amber Lambke, founder of Maine Grains, a grist mill located in downtown Skowhegan, Maine, an Accredited Main Street America community.

As People Move From Big Cities, Northwest Rural Communities See Economic Boost

June 14, 2023 | Courtney Flatt for Northwest Public Broadcasting

Matt Wagner speaks about the positive economic impacts of population growth in rural areas spurred by the pandemic.


With Real-World Research, Economic Development Capstone Students Help Virginia Communities Attract Remote Workers

May 30, 2023 | Melody Warnick for Virginia Tech News

How a remotability study conducted by Matt Wagner and Courtney Mailey, state coordinator of the Virginia Main Street Program inspired a remote work project at Virginia Tech.

Downtown Discussion: Jackie Swihart (Main Street America) | Andrea Kern (OCRA)

May 2023 | Joe LePage for #LovinLebanon Podcast

Jackie Swihart speaks about the partnership between Indiana Main Street and Main Street America, working with Heart of Lebanon, and how the Main Street Approach supports communities in identified and implementing transformation strategies.


Main Street America Program Focuses on Rural Economic Vitality

April 25, 2023 | Kristi Eaton for Daily Yonder

Matt Wagner speaks about the Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (E3) in Rural Main Streets Program and the importance of cultivating local talent already present in rural communities as a successful economic development strategy.

How a Virginia City Turned Things Around and Attracted Businesses to Its Downtown

April 24, 2023 | Steve Inskeep for NPR’s Morning Edition

River District Association — a 2023 Great American Main Street Award winner and Accredited Main Street program — is profiled for their efforts to bring renewed life to downtown Danville, Virginia.


The State of Downtown Turnarounds

March 3, 2023 | Brad Broberg for On Common Ground

Hannah White shares strategies that help ensure successful revitalization efforts and foster resilience against economic disruptions.

Corridors of Opportunity Aims to Leverage Assets, Not Just Address Needs

January 31, 2023 | Lisa Worf for WFAE

Hannah White discusses Main Street America’s partnership with the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, at the launch of the Where it Starts” initiative aimed to support BIPOC-owned businesses and workers.


We Can’t Build Our Way To Net Zero

January 10, 2023 | Patrice Frey and Vincent Martinez for NextCity

Patrice Frey and Vincent Martinez write about the environmental benefits of reusing and retrofitting existing buildings, and advocate for the use of creative financing strategies that can support these projects.

Our neighborhoods are our lifeblood.’ Fort Worth to bolster Poly, Northside with national program

August 10, 2022 | KERA News

Dionne Baux shares the importance of grassroots economic development approaches with the City of Fort Worth to pilot Main Street programs in the city’s Historic Northside and Polytechnic neighborhood business corridors.