Main Street Maryland Program


​​​​​​​​​​About Main Street Maryland

The Main Street Maryland Program began in 1998, and serves as the state coordinating program for the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program launched with 3 local communities and has grown to serve 50+ communities statewide. Main Street Maryland communities represent some of the strongest and most resilient business districts in the state. Housed in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Main Street is a key program for community development and revitalization in Maryland’s historic downtowns.

The program strengthens the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Designated Main Street Maryland communities have made a commitment to improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts.

The Approach

The Main Street Approach is rooted in a commitment to broad-based community engagement, a holistic understanding of the factors that impact the quality of life in a community, and strategic focus on the core principles of downtown and neighborhood revitalization: Economic Vitality, Quality Design, Effective Promotion, and Sustainable Organization. 

  • ECONOMIC VITALITY: Focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.
  • DESIGN: Supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart.
  • PROMOTION: Positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.
  • ORGANIZATION: Involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.
  • CLEAN, SAFE, and GREEN: Enhancing the perception of a neighborhood through the principle of Smart Growth and sustainability.

Our Communities


Designated Main Streets

Maryland’s Designated Main Street Communities​ represent some of the state’s most vibrant downtown districts. These towns have demonstrated a commitment to fostering economic development, preserving local historic and cultural resources while promoting new investment and business development. 

For more information about designated Main Street Maryland communities, please visit​

Affiliate Network

Maryland’s Affiliate Network is designed to assist smaller towns and communities with economic development strategies that are at a variety of readiness level, including: 

  • Communities that are exploring the development of a downtown revitalization strategy;
  • Communities that are in the early stages of preparing to apply for Main Street Maryland designation
  • Communities that may not be eligible for Main Street Maryland designation but are interested in addressing local housing and community development challenges through the Main Street approach.

For more information about the Affiliate Network, please email 

Technical Assistance

The Main Street Maryland Program offers on-site technical assistance visits to help the community develop and plan for the future. As well as access to the State Coordinator and Project Manager to serve as liaisons between the designated community and public-private partners; provide technical assistance, information, and consultation to the designated community; and promote the designated Main Street Maryland communities. 


More Information

Be sure to review the program FAQ​ for answers to commonly asked questions about the program.

CONTACT: Christine McPherson
Assistant Director
Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
P: 410-209-5802

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