• Announcing the 2022 Great American Main Street Award Winners

    May 25, 2022

    A group of people holding a sign that reads Wyoming.

    photo by: Main Street America

    Laramie Main Street Alliance is a 2022 Great American Main Street winner.

    Main Street America is proud to recognize Heart of Biddeford in Biddeford, Maine; Hammond Downtown Development District in Hammond, Louisiana; and Laramie Main Street Alliance in Laramie, Wyoming as the 2022 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winners. This prestigious award is the nation’s top award recognizing communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The 2022 GAMSA designations, sponsored by The Hartford, were presented at the opening plenary for the 2022 Main Street Now conference, in Richmond, Virginia.

    Through visionary leadership, catalytic projects, innovative cross-sector partnerships, and a commitment to ensuring that Main Street is a welcoming and inclusive place for the entire community, each program has demonstrated exemplary commitments to historic preservation, economic development, and placemaking.


    Visit Main Street America for more on these 2022 GAMSA winners.

  • Revitalizing Small and Local Businesses Act Introduced in Congress

    April 27, 2022

    Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), as well as Representatives Troy Carter (D-LA) and Michael Guest (R-MS), introduced the Revitalizing Small and Local Businesses Act (S.3340 / H.R. 7451). The legislation would create a competitive grant program within the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support business district organizations in rural and underserved areas through the national nonprofit networks in which they participate.

    By providing a new pathway for EDA resources, the Revitalizing Small and Local Businesses Act would supplement existing programs to add needed resources and a distribution channel that prioritizes historically disinvested communities and entrepreneurs. As Congress considers reauthorization of the EDA, Main Street America, a subsidiary of the National Trust, is leading efforts to include the Revitalizing Small and Local Businesses Act to help create more robust and equitable access to federal resources for business district organizations.

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