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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.

News & Events

By N. David Milder

Going Out on a Limb

Over recent months I’ve been getting a sense that some suburban downtowns may well make  relatively strong recoveries from our current virus induced economic crisis, and relatively speaking, stronger even than those of our superstar downtowns. This also prompted me to think that the current and potential strengths of some of these suburban downtowns are too often underestimated and overlooked. I’m venturing to presume that others may also find these thoughts of interest ...

From : Blog Entry>>Priya's Blog Entry
Earlier this year the COVID-19 pandemic forced many historical sites across the country to re-consider and pivot their programming to the digital realm. This past summer the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimage s (JAMP) program and the National Park Service came together to pivot what was a regular in-person trip to places where Japanese American’s were incarcerated during World War II to a nine-week virtual pilgrimage for anyone to explore. JAMP was started in 2016 by Kimiko Marr and Marissa [More]

A majority of my work is interviewing people in a community and turning their stories into social media content in the form of photo essays, videos, and podcasts. Yesterday, I interviewed six people in the City of Saginaw, Michigan. Dawn Goodrow has owned and operated Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Cafe in […]