The national Main Street revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed more than 30 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, with more than 88 fully designated communities.
The TMSP is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission and operates in affiliation with the National Main Street Center, 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 became one of the first six statewide coordinating programs in the nation.
The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) will positively influence and impact the economic health and the preservation of important historic resources in Texas and our work with local communities throughout the state will help achieve the goals of the Texas Historical Commission. Through guidance from the TMSP, designated local Main Street programs will be organizationally sound and their historic town centers will be visually improved and economically viable.
The mission of the Texas Main Street Program is to provide technical expertise, education, resources and support to designated Main Street communities. Utilizing our individual and collective skills, we shall guide our designated programs in effectively preserving and revitalizing their historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach™ of organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion.
Through strong belief that historic commercial resources and their appropriate preservation is a major contributor to the overall economic, social and cultural vitality of a community, the staff of the Texas Main Street Program shall exhibit great passion, interest and enthusiasm for assisting local stakeholders as they revitalize their historic town centers. To that end, we view ourselves as public servants working in harmony to help local communities meet their objectives. We will strive to provide highly effective individualized services to our designated programs in a team-centered approach.
For 30 years, the Texas Main Street Program has partnered with our non-profit partner, the Texas Downtown Association, to host an annual statewide Downtown Revitalization Conference. The 2015 conference will be held November 3 - 6 in Waxahachie, a long-time Main Street community. Click here for registration information.
30 years in 2013
Length of time the City of Lufkin has been a Texas Main Street affiliate
Newest Main Street programs announced
Ennis and Rosenberg became officially designated Texas Main Street communities January 1, 2015. There are now 88 Main Street communities in Texas.
Newest Issue of Main Street Matters
The July issue of Main Street Matters spotlights Elgin, a 25-year Main Street community and also features an article on how to use ordinances and policies to encourage mixed uses downtown. Go to Main Street Matters.