How Main Street Programs Work

Main Street America and Florida Main Street

Venice MainStreet is an accredited member of Main Street America. The Main Street America™ standards of performance—used for designating programs as Main Street America™ Accredited members—were developed by the National Main Street Center and Coordinating Program partners. The Main Street America™ designation at the Accredited level is available to programs affiliated with a Coordinating Program, such as Florida Main Street.

MAIN STREET AMERICA
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 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, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information about Main Street America, click HERE.

Venice MainStreet follows Main Street America’s Transformation Strategies organized around the Four-Point Approach®. The Four Points include:

Economic Vitality focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.

Design supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart.

Promotion positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.

Organization involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.

FLORIDA MAIN STREET
Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program with the goal of revitalizing historic downtowns and encouraging economic development within the context of historic preservation. Since 1985, Florida Main Street has offered technical assistance to Main Street programs across the state. The program is a part of a network of over 40 nationally recognized programs throughout the country.

Florida Main Street is administered by Division of Historical Resources under the Florida Department of State. The program is affiliated with the National Main Street Center and utilizes the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach® which offers a framework for community-based revitalization initiatives.

Venice MainStreet is a member of Florida MainStreet and is one of 35+ accredited Main Street programs within the state. For more information about Florida Main Street click HERE.

Why Support Main Street?
Creates jobs-  A revitalized district attracts new industry and strengthens service and retail job markets.
Saves tax dollars-  Revitalization stabilizes and improves the area’s tax base, while also protecting existing investments.
Preserves the community’s historic resources-  In an economically healthy downtown, property owners can afford to maintain their historic buildings and preserve an important part of the community’s heritage.
Builds community pride-  Main Street provides a public space for members from all areas of the community to come together, creates new partnerships, and celebrates their downtown.