Program Overview

The Minnesota Main Street (MMS) coordinating program was re-established in 2010 as part of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM), a statewide non-profit historic preservation organization. Minnesota Main Street is a comprehensive, community-driven economic development program that empowers communities to capitalize on their unique assets and the character of their historic neighborhoods.  We aim to promote and assist local revitalization efforts based on the Main Street Four-Point Approach® developed by NTMSC. We are recognized by NTMSC as the official Main Street coordinating program serving Minnesota.

As the official statewide coordinating program, Minnesota Main Street:

  • •Competitively selects local Main Street programs for participation
  • •Provides technical and financial assistance to local programs
  • •Provides quarterly training sessions on the proper use of the Main Street Four-Point Approach
  • •Creates a membership network for participating and aspiring Main Street programs and acts as a resource for networking, education, and advocacy
  • •Acts as a resource clearinghouse for the Main Street network
  • •Certifies participating communities that have met NTMSC standards for accreditation

In its first year of operation, the Minnesota Main Street Program invested almost $100,000 in assessment visits, training seminars, technical assistance, and consulting services for its Main Street membership network. This investment is financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota via the Minnesota Historical Society’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Downtown New Ulm

New Ulm, MN (Designated Main Street Member)

Here are the 2010 reinvestment statistics for the four Minnesota Main Street member communities:

Net gain in jobs:                                                42

Net gain in businesses:                                       13

Number of building rehabilitation projects:          39

Number of public improvement projects:              7

Number of new construction projects completed:  0

Private investment spent on the above projects:  $1,142,513.00

Public investment spent on the above projects:    $4,048,689.00

Average organizational budget:                            $67,696.25

Number of volunteer hours contributed:               3,796



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