MainStreet Program Services

New Mexico MainStreet serves as a resource and support for network communities, providing professional technical assistance, resources, and information in community revitalization efforts to create healthy, sustainable downtowns. From the basics of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to advanced downtown development strategies, New Mexico MainStreet offers educational and specialized services to designated communities.

Our work supports:

  • Rural Economic Development—specialized project-based revitalization to build sustainable and resilient local economies, particularly smaller towns and villages with populations of less than 7,500.
  • Resource Development—matches professional services to Federal, State, Foundation, and other resources for downtown development.
  • Public Infrastructure—with local government partners create visible improvements including pedestrian safety, placemaking, and civic spaces to drive private sector reinvestment in commercial property.
  • Creative Economy & Cultural Economy—grow cultural businesses, support cultural entrepreneurs, and advance creative industries.
  • Entrepreneurship – work with designated programs to create a strong economic environment for new business start-ups and business expansions.
  • Architectural Improvements—restore buildings and improve and create vital public spaces that engage property and business owners, local organizations, and volunteers to implement design projects.
  • Historic Preservation—provide services focused on historic restoration of buildings and renovation of cultural facilities.

On-Site Professional Technical Assistance

New Mexico MainStreet Revitalization Specialists provide professional technical assistance in all aspects of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® - Organization, Design, Promotion, and Economic Vitality. Designated MainStreet communities receive customized in-field services to implement their economic revitalization projects.

Services:

  • Comprehensive asset-based economic development specialists
  • Education and training, peer-to-peer learning, and professional development
  • Local planning to guide economic revitalization projects.
  • Community-based visioning, planning, and adopted District Master/MRA plans
  • Image Development, Branding, Marketing and Graphic Design
  • Destination-based event development
  • Pipeline development through project prioritization and needs assessment
  • Create community tool box and adopt redevelopment tools
  • Financial tools and incentives to support local projects: Capital Outlay, LEDA, USDA, HUD, EDA, NMDOT, NMFA, etc.
  • Improved organizational capacity and performance
  • Business innovation resources and economic analysis
  • Finance strategies to attract new investments and capital
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • Public infrastructure improvements and street improvements, pedestrian safety, traffic-calming, curb extensions, parking, wayfinding, and landscape improvements.
  • Building rehabilitation, redesign, adaptive reuse, conservation and stabilization, building additions, and infill.
  • Improvements to “Curb Appeal,” including signage, awnings, lighting, and general marketing to increase business traffic.