Main Street City

Texas First Lady Inducts Childress Into Main Street Program

downtownOn March 27, 2013, First Lady of Texas, Anita Perry visited Childress to officially induct the city into the Texas Main Street Program.

The mission of the Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is “to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion.”  At the TMSP, staff works on a daily basis with our 84 designated communities to help them reach their revitalization and preservation goals through the framework of the Approach®. This methodology provides the necessary tools for local communities to effectively address the issues downtowns face.

There are many reasons why downtown revitalization is a crucial tool for enhancing the economic and social health of a community. In addition to being the most visible indicator of community pride and economic health, the historic downtown is also the foundation of community heritage. The historic buildings in a downtown are prime locations for the establishment of unique entrepreneurial businesses and can also be tourism attractors, all of which add to the community’s sales tax collections and property values. Today, massive, look-alike retail centers permeate the national landscape, making it even more important that communities be proactive in saving and using their historic spaces to avoid becoming featureless places. Working in all four activity areas, local Main Street programs rejuvenate these special places.

Today, there are 84 official Texas Main Street communities all across Texas that range in population from 2,000 to more than 200,000. Cumulatively, designated Texas Main Street communities have reported significant reinvestment into their historic downtowns:

    • More than $2.6 billion of overall reinvestment has been reported, of which 65% has been from private investment.
    • Additionally, Main Street cities have added almost 29,000 jobs and 7,500 new small businesses to the Texas economy.

These reinvestments show that there is significant economic development impact from historic preservation. TMSP staff works hand in hand with designated communities to help them achieve their goals.

To learn more about the Main Street Program in Childress contact Susan Leary 940-93702567 or childressmainstreet@gmail.com