"This is your main street"
Shelby, Montana main street
The Montana Main Street Program, established in 2005 and currently serving twenty-four communities across the state, is a collaborative effort between the Community Development Division and the Montana Office of Tourism at the Montana Department of Commerce. The Montana Main Street Program helps communities strengthen and preserve their historic downtown commercial districts by focusing on economic development, urban revitalization, and historic preservation through long-range planning, organization, design, and promotion.
Using the National Trust Main Street Center Four Point Approach™ to downtown revitalization, the Montana Main Street Program provides a range of services and assistance to communities striving to enhance economic and business vitality while maintaining local historic integrity, quality of life, and a sense of place. Such goals are best met by uniting larger community ideas and efforts with program organization, coordination, and resources. Formed in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center has formed a network of over 2,000 communities, rehabilitated hundreds of thousands of buildings, and has created more than 100,000 new jobs.
The Montana Main Street program offers technical assistance and expertise to member communities and awards competitive grant funding to communities actively working on downtown revitalization, economic development, and historic preservation. Participant communities enter the program into a tier system as either an Affiliate or Designated community, with the capability of gradually achieving status as a nationally-recognized Certified Main Street community.
Tash Wisemiller, Main Street Program Coordinator