What is the Main Street Program & How does it operate?

What is Main Street?

The National Main Street Center was established as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 as a way to address the myriad issues facing older and historic downtowns during that time. Working with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities, Main Street has helped over 2,000 communities across the country bring economic vitality back downtown, while celebrating their historic character, and bringing communities together.

An exciting new chapter for the organization began on July 1, 2013, when the National Main Street Center launched as an independent subsidiary of the National Trust. In 2015, the Center launched a new program brand for the network of Main Street programs—Main Street America™.  Main Street America revitalizes older and historic commercial districts to build vibrant neighborhoods and thriving economies.

The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) has been in operation since the start of the National movement operating through the Texas Historical Commission.  The TMSP is one of the oldest and largest state programs in the nation, with 90 fully designated communities. The program was brought to Texas by Anice Read, a former member of the Texas Historical Commission, who also served as first director of the state Main Street effort in 1981.

Levelland Main Street

The Levelland Main Street Program was established in 1998 and has been a Texas Main Street Accredited City ever since.  Levelland has also been a Nationally accredited Main Street City for 18 years.  As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Levelland is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Levelland uses the 4-point approach established be the National Main Street Center, which is revitalization through Economic Vitality, Design, Organization and Promotion. The Levelland Main Street Program thrives because of a strong volunteer base, dozens of partnerships through organizations and businesses, and support from Main Street businesses.

2018 marked Levelland's 20th year as a Main Street City!