Main Street is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. The Main Street Program was originated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980. Since then it has grown into a successful network of over 1,650 Main Street communities throughout the United States. The Main Street Approach is an incremental, comprehensive, long-term, total community effort. The Main Street Approach utilizes four elements which are integrated to create a positive, identifiable image for the downtown. The four concepts are:
- Design Economic
- Restructuring Development
Financial support for the program comes from local entities who have a stake in the downtown: city government, merchants. busiresses. and the public. The success of the local Main Street program over the years lies in the fact that it is a local initiative, both organizationally and financially.
► Received national certificat'cn from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
► Received APANA award for "Innovation in Planning for Economic Development"
► Depot project nominated for "Historic Preservation" award from HPD
► Planned and produced "Fired Up" Festival event
► Coordinated Steam Train rides on UP Steam Train as part of the State Centennial
► Working with the City to complete rehabilitation work on the Depot
► Planned and Produced Christmas event at the depot in cooperation with Chamber of Commerce
► Supporting existing businesses with micro loan program
► Continued "Movie Under the Stars program Provided partial funding for welcome
► Sign renovation on Highway 104
► Providing leadership for the development of the Depot Museum
► Hosted New Mexico Main Street quarterly meeting