Minnesota Main Street
A thriving downtown has a powerful impact on a community—its people, its finances and its growth. That’s why PAM is proud to oversee Designated Main Street programs in Minnesota. The Main Street program helps towns and small cities maximize both their people and built assets for economic vitality.
How successful is Main Street? Main Street America™ has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years and today is a network of more than 1,600 communities. The Main Street movement has led to $61.7 billion of investment in historic downtowns and commercial districts, and helped create more than 528,000 jobs and 120,000 new businesses nationwide.
Minnesota Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program and provides local Main Street communities with the training, tools, information and networking they need to reinvigorate their commercial districts. Our Minnesota Main Street Communities have broad community support, paid staff, and meet nationally defined standards. Main Street communities receive several benefits thanks to their annual membership, including some complimentary training admissions, and funding for on-site technical assistance. Think your town could benefit from being a Main Street community? So do we.
How can you start a Minnesota Main Street program in your community?
An easy first step is to check out the Minnesota Main Street Brochure, and contact the Minnesota Main Street Coordinator with any questions you may have about the program. Contact Minnesota Main Street Coordinator Sarina Otaibi.
If your community is still interested in learning more, a community organization, whether it be the city, chamber of commerce, economic development authority, historic preservation commission, or downtown nonprofit group, may apply to become an Network Community. At the Network level, communities can either be learning about Main Street with a group of volunteers or are communities with a long-standing downtown development group with years of success under its belt. Most Network communities are actively working towards becoming a Minnesota Main Street community.
To become an Network Community today, simply download and fill out the Network Community Registration Form_2017, and mail the completed form to 75 W. 5th Street, 416 Landmark Center, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
Minnesota Main Street Training Series
Another great way community members learn about the Main Street program is to attend one of our quarterly Minnesota Main Street workshops hosted in one of our Minnesota Main Street Communities. Every year, the workshop series covers topics in each of the Main Street Four Points. The series features expert presenters from Minnesota and beyond discussing such topics as fundraising, volunteer management, bikeability, special events, marketing, real estate, business development and much more. Each workshop is held in a different Minnesota Main Street Community and will benefit anyone working in community development or downtown revitalization. Learn more of upcoming Main Street workshops.
Minnesota Main Street Communities:
- Faribault Main Street (Big City Affiliate)
- City Center Partnership – Mankato and North Mankato (Big City Affiliate)
- New Ulm Chamber of Commerce (Big City Affiliate)
- MainStreet Owatonna (Big City Affiliate)
- Red Wing Downtown Main Street (Big City Affiliate)
- Main Street Shakopee *Accredited
- Willmar Downtown Development, Inc. (Big City Affiliate)
- Winona Main Street *Accredited
*Accredited: Main Street Programs that have met National Accreditation Standards of Performance.
- City of Granite Falls Economic Development Authority
- City of Kasson Economic Development Authority
- City of Hastings
- City of Litchfield
- City of Luverne
- City of Montgomery
- City of Sauk Centre
- City of Sleepy Eye
- City of Wabasha
- Downtown Crookston Development Partnership
- Fergus Falls Historic Preservation Commission
- Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
All communities are eligible for Minnesota Main Street Awards.
As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, Minnesota Main Street helps to lead a powerful, grassroots
network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.