Stronger Communities

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. Faribault, Winona and New Ulm are just a few of the places benefiting from Main Street’s education and proven preservation-based economic development. Think your town could benefit from being a Main Street community? So do we.

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.

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Designated Minnesota Main Street Programs:

  1. Faribault Main Street
  2. New Ulm Chamber of Commerce
  3. MainStreet Owatonna
  4. Red Wing Downtown Main Street
  5. Main Street Shakopee *Accredited
  6. Willmar Downtown Development, Inc.
  7. Winona Main Street *Accredited

*Accredited: Main Street Programs that have met National Accreditation Standards of Performance.

Associate Members of the Minnesota Main Street Program:

  1. City of Albert Lea
  2. City of Hastings
  3. City of Litchfield
  4. City of Luverne
  5. City of Sauk Centre
  6. City of Wabasha
  7. Downtown Crookston Development Partnership
  8. Fergus Falls Historic Preservation Commission
  9. Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism


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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.