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Oregon Main Street

What We Do

Oregon Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage. Services are based on the successful Main Street Approach® developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center and include training and technical assistance. The goal is to build high quality, livable, and sustainable communities that will grow Oregon’s economy while maintaining a sense of place.

As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, Oregon Main Street helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Main Street America™
Main Street AmericaTM is a movement. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. It is a time-tested strategy. Main Street America
communities are encouraged to make use of a time-tested approach, known as the Main Street Approach. The Main Street Approach is rooted in a commitment to broad-based community engagement, a holistic understanding of the factors that impact the quality of life in a community, and strategic focus on the core principles of downtown and neighborhood revitalization:

Sustainable Organization
Effective Promotion
Quality Design
Economic Vitality
Learn more about the Main Street Approach® 
Oregon Main Street Network

Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities no matter where they are in the process. Currently, there are 78 communities participating in one of the levels of the Oregon Main Street network:
Performing Main Street is for those communities who were previously certified National Main Street cities and those communities with advanced downtown programs following the Main Street Approach®. Application rounds are held as resources permit. 
Transforming Downtown is for communities who are committed to downtown revitalization using the Main Street Approach® but need technical assistance to take them to the next level. Application rounds are held as resources permit. 
Exploring Downtown is for those communities who demonstrate an interest in revitalizing their downtowns and want to learn more about the Main Street Approach®. Interested communities may join at anytime by submitting an Exploring Downtown level application.
Affiliate level is for communities who want an opportunity to learn more about the Main Street Approach® to downtown revitalization by receiving an invitation to attend workshops and conferences sponsored by Oregon Main Street. Interested communities may join at anytime by submitting an Affiliate level application.
For More Information:
Contact Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

Program Resources

Program Overview

Program Handbook

Main Street Communities

Heritage Works - Dayton

Annual Reports  

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

Oregon Main Street Conferences


2016 Workshop & Awards

2015 Conference

2014 Conference

2013 Conference

2012 Conference

2011 Conference

2010 Conference

Other Resources

National Main Street

Online Market Analysis