Minnesota Main Street
A thriving downtown has a powerful impact on a community—its people, its finances and its growth. That’s why the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is proud to oversee the Minnesota Main Street program. The Main Street program helps towns and small cities maximize both their people and built assets for economic vitality.
Joining the Minnesota Main Street Network
The State Program is a partner, but true revitalization success is built squarely on local commitment, initiative, and follow-through. Recognizing that Minnesota communities interested in revitalization have a variety of situations and needs, the Minnesota Main Street Network has two options for joining:
Network Community (applications due Friday, Feb. 15, 2019)
The purpose of the Network level is to provide access to resources and networking opportunities for organizations that have an interest in revitalizing their downtown or neighborhood commercial district, but may not have the capacity at this time to meet the Minnesota State Main Street Community requirements. 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.
To learn more about becoming a Network Community, click here.
To become an Network Community today, simply download and fill out the Network Communities Application_2019, and email the completed application with relevant attachments to Michael Tolan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designated Main Street Community
Minnesota Main Street 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.
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.
Main Street Network
Local organizations in Minnesota dedicated to downtown revitalization can join the Minnesota State Main Street Program at either the Main Street Community or Network level.
Designated Minnesota Main Street Communities
Faribault . Mankato . New Ulm . Northfield . Owatonna . Red Wing .
Shakopee . Wabasha . Willmar . Winona
Granite Falls . Kasson . Hastings . Litchfield . Luverne . Olivia
Montgomery . Sauk Centre . Sleepy Eye . Crookston . Fergus Falls
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.