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Inspired by the shared belief that people and communities are the lifeblood of our great state, the Nebraska Main Street Network is dedicated to enlivening the downtowns in our hometowns as cultural and economic drivers for the future. The Nebraska Main Street Network partners with communities to transform and revitalize these business districts. By supporting preservation of our heritage and treasured resources, we're making history from history!


"It's not just about doing big visible projects, it's learning how and building our capacity to keep our downtown vibrant and alive for the long-term. Having the ongoing support system through the Nebraska Main Street Network and the National Main Street Center helps keep us on task and motivated unlike many of the other programs we've been involved in where they come in, do a project or hold a meeting and then leave us to figure things out on our own. The Nebraska Main Street Network is there for us no matter what happens."--local Main Street program board chair


What makes Nebraska's Main Street and Network communities successful?  The hard work they put in to learning how to create a stronger sense of place while providing the resources businesses and entrepreneurs need to succeed.  Communities look to the Nebraska Main Street Network to provide the opportunities for guidance and education that help them to help their downtowns.  Show your love for Nebraska's communities by supporting the Nebraska Main Street Network.  Your gift will help us continue to provide meaningful programming to communities statewide!

The Nebraska Main Street program has been in existence since 1994.  In 2013, the Nebraska Main Street Network, Inc. was established as a non-profit to serve as the state coordinator for Nebraska’s nationally accredited Main Street program. The Main Street program is a national model designed to educate communities about place based downtown revitalization using historic preservation as the foundation.  Communities that establish Main Street programs experience increased business and job creation, investment in public and private assets, and a positive energy.  Local Main Street programs leverage their own private investment and capitalize on the unique appeal of traditional commercial business districts for their success.  The result is one of the most powerful economic revitalization strategies in the nation. The Nebraska Main Street Network is dedicated to coordinating resources, providing guidance and education to communities across the state so they have the skills and support to revitalize their traditional commercial business districts.

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By Melissa Mortimer Melissa Mortimer was one of the recipients of the 2020 American Express Aspire Award . My first memories of preservation go back to driving to my grandparent’s house in Missouri as a kid. The trip from Tennessee took our woody minivan through Cairo, Illinois, where for 31 years, we watched the slow decay and demolition of the commercial district, as well as its historic homes. Every trip, my mom would pull down a side street to go look at her favorite school building, [More]