New Mexico MainStreet

The New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial neighborhoods. A program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico MainStreet works throughout the state to help affiliated downtown organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic resources. MainStreet is a consensus-building program that fosters community pride and encourages the growth of small businesses, consequently enhancing local employment and income opportunities, tax revenues, property values and general quality of life.

The MainStreet Program provides resources, education, training and technical services that stimulate the economic vitality of each participating community while celebrating local heritage and culture. MainStreet Program Associates provide free training sessions on town design, promotion and publicity, organization, and economic positioning. New Mexico MainStreet also sponsors architecture and community planning projects in member communities through the University of New Mexico Design Planning and Assistance Center (DPAC).

New Mexico MainStreet is affiliated with the National Trust Main Street Center in Washington, D.C., part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program works within the NationalTrustMainStreetCenter’s established Four-Point Approach™ of organization, design, promotion and economic positioning while tailoring to meet local needs and opportunities.

Since 1985, New Mexico MainStreet has been helping local communities revitalize their downtown commercial districts with remarkable results. Thousands of jobs have been created and millions of dollars in private funds have been invested in New Mexico’s Main Streets since the program began. From July 2009 to June 2010, MainStreet spawned 113 new businesses, generated $37,801,982 in private reinvestment, and gave rise to 681 new jobs.

Currently, 25 local MainStreet projects are members of New Mexico MainStreet. They are: Albuquerque (Downtown Action Team and Nob Hill), Artesia, Belen, Carlsbad, Clayton, Clovis, Corrales, Deming, Farmington, Grants, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Lovington, Portales, Raton, Roswell, Silver City, Taos, Truth or Consequences, Tucumcari, and Zuni Pueblo.

To find out more about New Mexico MainStreet, contact Rich Williams, Director of New Mexico MainStreet, (505) 827-0168 or Rich.Williams@state.nm.us