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From the Director

New Mexico MainStreet has been serving our traditional and historic neighborhood commercial districts, historic commercial plazas, courthouse squares and town centers for more than 30 years. Revitalizing local areas of commerce through asset-based economic development is the critical role of the local Main Street certified program. A highly successful and nationally proven set of strategies guides local affiliates through the Main Street Four-Point Approach«, the state program provides technical assistance, services and resources to local affiliates.

More than 30 years ago New Mexico Lt. Governor Mike Runnels saw a fairly new national program that could assist our historic downtowns and village centers. He championed the cause with the New Mexico legislature and helped pass the MainStreet Act in 1984. Our first six communities were selected in 1985. Lt. Governor Runnels was all about economic innovation and in many ways his vision and drive were far ahead of the mainstream. And he had faith in the power of volunteers in Main Street to economically enhance their commercial districts.

Today, Governor Susana Martinez continues that tradition as she leads efforts to expand New Mexico MainStreet and add new communities every year. Additionally, new initiatives like the Frontier Communities and Historic Theaters were added under her watch. Furthermore, new monies from the state have been invested into New Mexico MainStreet. And under Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela, New Mexico led the way to create the first-ever Native American Main Street in the nation, located at Zuni Pueblo.

For more than 30 years New Mexico MainStreet has had an impact in economic transformations throughout New Mexico, and we celebrate the volunteers and staff who help create a positive economic development environment on Main Street that attracts new entrepreneurs, retains local businesses, supports neighborhood residents, encourages property reinvestment, resulting in a place of dynamic vitality. Main Street redevelopment takes passion, commitment, dedication and leadership that embodies a community vision. New Mexico is at the forefront of the Main Street evolution.

A program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico MainStreet, works throughout the state to help affiliated local organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving cultural and historic resources. New Mexico MainStreet currently serves 27 affiliated MainStreet Districts, eight state-authorized Arts & Cultural Districts, 14 Frontier Community projects, and six Historic Theater Initiatives. For more information about New Mexico MainStreet, visit or


Rich Williams

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