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 mission of the TMSP is "to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion." At the TMSP, staff work on a daily basis with our 88 designated communities to help them reach their revitalization and preservation goals through the framework of the Approach®. This methodology provides the necessary tools for local communities to effectively address the issues downtowns face.
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.
Reinvestment in designated Main Street communities since 1981
Newest Main Street programs announced
We are proud to welcome Brownsville, Corpus Christi, and Sherman as newly designated Texas Main Street communities! They entered the program Jan. 1, 2016, which also marks the start of Texas Main Street’s 35th anniversary year.
With the addition of these three programs, there are now 88 designated Main Street communities in Texas. Brownsville and Corpus Christi are new and will be part of the state’s 15-city urban Main Street network. Sherman is a recertified Main Street city, having previously participated in the early 1980s as a self-initiated program, and 1993–1998 under full designation.
New Manager Training in Georgetown
New Main Street Manager training was recently held in Georgetown, a very successful Main Street community. Not only did we welcome new managers from the newest Main Street cities of Brownsville, Sherman, and Corpus Christi, but we also had new managers from Rio Grande City, Waco, Pittsburg, and McKinney. The training included a tour of the Williamson County Courthouse, which was restored in 2006 through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.