MainStreet Program


A program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico 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:


New Mexico 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.


MainStreet Architectural Design & Building Restoration Revitalization Specialist
Due Date: June 3, 2019
The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit sealed proposals to establish a contract through competitive negotiations for the procurement of a MainStreet Architectural Design & Building Restoration Revitalization Specialist Contractor. Download the document.

Our Strategies

New Mexico 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.

Build Capacity for Local Economic Revitalization and Re-development Efforts

Develop local leadership and capacity to implement projects and initiatives that accelerate community appropriate economic growth and revitalization through the MainStreet Four Point Approach™.

Enhance the Entrepreneurial and Creative Economy

Building on the existing commercial base, arts, culture, advanced technology and creative assets in New Mexico MainStreet communities, strive to strengthen and support entrepreneurial and creative endeavors through assessment, education, planning, and collaboration.

Create Thriving Places in New Mexico

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. 

Main Street Four-Point Approach®

New Mexico 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.

New Mexico 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, 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.

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 New Mexico 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:

  • More than $1 billion has been invested in MainStreet districts.
  • These projects have generated an average of 430 New Mexico jobs and more than $11 million in paychecks on an annual basis.
  • For every $1 invested in the MainStreet program, the private sector has invested $44.50 locally in MainStreet communities.
  • Conservatively, the private sector investment in MainStreet district buildings brings in an additional $5.1 million in local tax revenues each year.
  • For communities that received NMMS Capital Outlay Funds, three years after the project was completed, 54% of the communities had an increased number of building improvements and the rate of net new businesses was 23.3% greater than in the two years prior to the Capital Outlay project.

Currently, there are 30 affiliated MainStreet Districts:

  1. Alamogordo MainStreet (Accredited)
  2. Albuquerque – Downtown ABQ MainStreet Initiative (Accredited)
  3. Albuquerque – Barelas MainStreet (Accredited)
  4. Albuquerque – Nob Hill MainStreet (Accredited)
  5. Artesia MainStreet (Accredited)
  6. Belen MainStreet Partnership (Accredited)
  7. Carlsbad MainStreet (Accredited)
  8. Clayton MainStreet (Affiliate)
  9. Clovis MainStreet (Accredited)
  10. Corrales MainStreet, Inc. (Accredited)
  11. Deming MainStreet (Accredited)
  12. Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project (Accredited)
  13. Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District (Accredited)
  14. Grants MainStreet Project (Affiliate)
  15. Harding County MainStreet (Accredited)
  16. Downtown Las Cruces Partnership – A MainStreet Project (Accredited)
  17. MainStreet de Las Vegas (Accredited)
  18. Los Alamos MainStreet (Accredited)
  19. Lovington MainStreet Corporation (Accredited)
  20. Portales MainStreet (Accredited)
  21. Raton MainStreet (Accredited)
  22. MainStreet Roswell (Accredited)
  23. Ruidoso Midtown Association (Affiliate)
  24. Santa Rosa (Accelerator)
  25. Silver City MainStreet Project (Accredited)
  26. South Valley MainStreet (Accredited)
  27. Town of Taos (Accelerator)
  28. MainStreet Truth or Consequences (Accredited)
  29. Tucumcari MainStreet Corporation (Accredited)
  30. Zuni Pueblo MainStreet Project (Accredited)