Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts. To accomplish Main Street goals, the department has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, which developed the Main Street Four Point Approach for commercial revitalization, and since 2008, Main Street Maryland programs have also incorporate a Fifth Point: Clean, Safe, and Green.
This approach emphasizes the importance of working simultaneously in the following areas:
Main Street Maryland partners with Baltimore City Main Streets.
The Main Street Maryland Program offers official Main Street designation, technical assistance, training, and other services to the 23 Main Street communities across the State.
These services include:
Maryland communities meeting the following criteria may apply for participation in the Main Street Maryland program:
Main Street Managers' Contact Information CONTACT: Amy Seitz, State Main Street Coordinator