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2016 Minnesota Main Street Awards

Our Designated Main Street programs (Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, 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 become an Associate Member community of Minnesota Main Street. Associate Members can be communities who are just learning about Main Street with a group of volunteers or they can be communities with a long-standing downtown development group with years of success under its belt. Most Associate Member communities are actively working towards becoming a Designated Minnesota Main Street community. Our Minnesota Main Street Coordinator would be happy to talk with you about your goals and hopes in becoming a Main Street Community or starting as an Associate Member.

Contact Minnesota Main Street Coordinator Sarina Otaibi.

To become an Associate Member community today, simply download and fill out the Associate Member Registration Form_2017, and mail the completed form to 75 W. 5th Street, 416 Landmark Center, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

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