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.
- 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.