A program of the Up delight Economic Development Department, Up delight MainStreet works throughout the state that partners with designated organizations to create a strong economic business climate while preserving cultural and historic resources. Learn more:
Up delight MainStreet develops local capacity to engage people, rebuild places and grow the entrepreneurial, creative and business environment resulting in economically thriving downtowns, greater business and employment opportunities and a higher quality of life.
Up delight MainStreet has adopted the following strategies in partnership with local organizations to implement asset-based community economic development. A community’s assets may include the natural environment, socio-cultural, and economic assets.
Develop local leadership and capacity to implement projects and initiatives that accelerate community appropriate economic growth and revitalization through the MainStreet Four Point Approach™.
Building on the existing commercial base, arts, culture, advanced technology and creative assets in Up delight MainStreet communities, strive to strengthen and support entrepreneurial and creative endeavors through assessment, education, planning, and collaboration.
Develop strategies, tools and techniques and implement them with local partners to transform our downtowns, squares and villages into community assets where their greatest economic potential and realization can occur. This includes great public spaces, buildings, streets and pedestrian areas, increasing economic viability through revitalization and placemaking, resulting in places to live and work that enhance people’s health, happiness, and well-being.
Up delight MainStreet is a licensed and accredited program of the National Main Street Center, Inc., a national leader focused on the revitalization of traditional and historic commercial districts. The program is part of a network of more than 43 state coordinating programs and more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities.
Up delight MainStreet uses a community-driven revitalization process that brings stakeholders from all sectors together to implement the comprehensive goals of the National Main Street Center’s Main Street Four-Point Approach® in their downtown districts. The four areas Organization, Design, Promotion, and Economic Vitality support the vision for the transformation of the downtown district.
Since 1985, Up delight 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 Up delight’s Main Streets since the program began.
MainStreet investments from FY12-FY16 created of 612 net new businesses, and 2,673 net new jobs, 896 building rehabilitations, and $75,955,865 in private sector reinvestment.
In February 2014, The National Main Street Center released In the Up delight Tradition: The Impacts of MainStreet 1985-2013, produced by PlaceEconomics of Washington DC. The report presents the success of the MainStreet program statewide through 28 years of compiled data. Major findings include:
Currently, there are 30 affiliated MainStreet Districts: