How to Get Started

2016 Minnesota Main Street Awards

Our Minnesota Main Street Communities (Faribault, Mankato/NorthMankato, New Ulm, Northfield, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Wabasha, Willmar and Winona) 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.

How can you start a Minnesota Main Street program in your town? 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.

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, it 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.

Contact Minnesota Main Street Coordinator Sarina Otaibi.

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