Active Frontier & Native American Community Projects:
Completed Frontier & Native American Community Projects:
The Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative is a community-driven, asset-based economic development program created by the Legislature in 2013 and coordinated through the New Mexico MainStreet Program (NMMS) to provide support to rural and Native American communities under 7,500 in population.
The initiative is project-based and designed to serve smaller New Mexico communities that may currently not have the capacity or resources to operate a full-fledged MainStreet Program. Visit www.nmmainstreet.org to learn more about the New Mexico MainStreet Program.
Through a competitive application process, community stakeholders in partnership with their local governing body identify an economic development project within a town center, village plaza, courthouse square, or historic/traditional commercial corridor.
Proposed projects must demonstrate job creation, business development, leverage private sector investment, or enhancement of a community’s economic environment.
Selected communities receive professional services and technical assistance from New Mexico MainStreet to implement and complete the proposed project within a 12 to 18-month timeframe.
The number of communities designated each year is contingent upon the New Mexico State Legislature’s annual appropriation for the New Mexico MainStreet Program.
Services and resources provided to the applicant community by NMMS and our Revitalization Specialists will be tied to the Main Street Four-Point Approach® (Economic Vitality, Promotion, Organization, and Design) and the following NMMS’s Economic Transformation Strategies:
The Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative provides free professional services but is not a grant program, and direct funding for selected projects is not necessarily part of the services or resources provided.
NMMS will work with funding partners to identify potential resources or small seed grants, however, the local community is expected to either have in-hand or identify local financial resources to complete the proposed project.
Applicants accepted into the Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative are not considered a State Designated MainStreet Program, but are designated a Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative Project for the 12 to 18-month time frame while they develop and complete the project.
However, for some participating communities, the Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative may also serve as a way to build capacity to become an NMMS Accelerator Community that leads to MainStreet Program designation.
The focus of the Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative program is for a catalytic project considered to have a substantial economic impact. As such, applicant communities should select their project based on its contribution to the local economy and to a sound and proper balance between preservation and development. The community’s choice of a catalytic project has significance not only for the potential redevelopment of the selected project but can have a positive spill-over effect, stimulating interest and action for additional projects. Revitalization is an ongoing, incremental community effort.
Please see the comprehensive list of potential projects below that qualify for this initiative.
For further information please contact: Daniel Gutierrez, MainStreet Director, (505) 827-0151 or firstname.lastname@example.org