The New Mexico MainStreet Program (NMMS) fosters economic revitalization in the state by supporting local MainStreet organizations and their work in downtowns and adjacent neighborhoods. The Program provides resources, education, training and services that stimulate the economic vitality of each participating community while preserving and enhancing the built environment, culture and heritage.
As a grassroots, asset-based economic development program, NMMS assists communities in revitalizing their traditional and/or historic commercial districts. A program of the Economic Development Department, New Mexico MainStreet works throughout the state to help affiliated organizations create an economically-viable business environment that retains local cultural and historic resources. MainStreet is a consensus-building program which enhances community pride, helps stabilize the district economy to prevent revenue leakage, encouraging 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 and services that stimulate the economic vitality of each participating community while celebrating local heritage and culture. MainStreet Program Associates provide free training sessions and in-field consultation 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) and economic structural analysis of the district through the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
New Mexico MainStreet is affiliated with the National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program works within the National Main Street Center's established Four-Point Approach® customized 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 January to December 2014, MainStreet Districts statewide saw the creation of 118 net new businesses, and 612 net new jobs, and the generation of $8,569,719 in private sector reinvestment.
In February 2014, New Mexico MainStreet released In the New Mexico Tradition: The Impacts of MainStreet 1985-2013, produced by PlaceEconomics of Washington DC. The report presents the tremendous success of the MainStreet program statewide through 28 years of compiled data. Major findings include:
Currently, there are 28 affiliates of New Mexico MainStreet: Albuquerque (Barelas, DowntownABQ and Nob Hill), Alamogordo, Artesia, Belen, Carlsbad, Clayton, Clovis, Corrales, Deming, Farmington, Gallup, Grants, Harding County, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Lovington, Portales, Raton, Roswell, Silver City, South Valley (Bernalillo County),Taos, Truth or Consequences, Tucumcari and the Pueblo of Zuni.
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
New Mexico MainStreet member communities focus their efforts on these areas, known as the Four-Point Approach®. This proven economic development strategy is a comprehensive method for successful community revitalization:
In the nearly three decades of Main Street’s history in the U.S., the National Main Street Center, Inc. has identified eight essential guiding principles that local MainStreet organizations must embrace to be successful.