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About New Mexico MainStreet

New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial districts. A program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, MainStreet works throughout New Mexico to help affiliated local organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving cultural and historic resources.

The Program provides resources, education, training and technical services that stimulate the economic vitality of each participating community while celebrating local heritage and culture. MainStreet is a consensus-building program that fosters community pride and encourages the growth of small businesses, consequently enhancing local employment opportunities, tax revenues, property values and quality of life.


The New Mexico MainStreet Program fosters economic development in the state by supporting local MainStreet revitalization organizations and their work in downtowns and the adjacent neighborhoods. The Program provides resources, education, training and services that preserve local historic culture and heritage, enhance the built environment, and stimulate the economic vitality of each participating community.


In the late 1970s the National Trust for Historic Preservation developed the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization, a comprehensive strategy that encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. In 1985, the New Mexico State Legislature funded the New Mexico MainStreet Program to assist local communities in implementing this strategy.

The New Mexico MainStreet Program was formed to provide for the revitalization of central business districts in New Mexico communities based on the preservation and rehabilitation of existing structures of unique historical and architectural character and the development of progressive marketing and management techniques as an economic development strategy for local governments.î -3-60B-1 to3-60B-4 NMSA 1978

Since 1985, New Mexico MainStreet has been fostering economic development in local communities statewide. Based in the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the NMMS Program works with selected local Main Street organizations and municipalities to establish and enhance downtown revitalization programs. Thousands of jobs have been created and millions of dollars in private funds have been invested in New Mexicoís Main Streets since the program began. In FY2015, New Mexico MainStreet communities leveraged 230 building rehabilitations, $9,895,301 in private sector reinvestment, 132 Net new businesses, and 649 Net new jobs. Plus volunteers donated more than 36,509 hours in our Main Street districts.

MainStreet America™ logoA MainStreet America™ 2016 Coordinating Program, New Mexico MainStreet is part of a national network that has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

New Mexico MainStreet currently serves 27 affiliated MainStreet Districts, 8 state-authorized Arts & Cultural Districts, 14 Frontier Communities, and 6 Historic Theater Initiatives.

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