Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS) is proud to announce that Main Street America has designated 30 NM organizations for meeting rigorous performance standards (27 are Accredited and 3 are Affiliated Main Street America™ programs.) Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the designation of Accredited & Affiliated programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Additionally, NMMS has been relicensed as a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. Main Street America has more than 40 Coordinating Programs across the country that are committed to creating high-quality places and building strong communities.
“Congratulations to New Mexico’s 30 Main Street America programs on their continued dedication to downtown revitalization. The NM Economic Development Department supports their efforts to strengthen the local economy and improve the community for all,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said.
“It’s an honor to partner with Main Street America in support of our mission to engage people, rebuild places, and revitalize economies in New Mexico. I know firsthand that our Executive Directors work extremely hard to achieve and maintain their Accredited & Affiliated status. Kudos to all for their continued efforts and this achievement,” New Mexico MainStreet Director Daniel J. Gutierrez said.
“We are very proud to acknowledge this year’s 862 Accredited Main Street America programs, and their steadfast dedication to nurture economically and culturally vibrant downtown districts. The increase in the size and impact of our network speaks volumes to the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of local communities and drive innovative solutions,” Main Street America Interim President & CEO Hannah White said.
Since 2014, NMMS districts reported 1,449 new businesses & business expansions, 5,184 new jobs, 2,242 private building rehabilitations, $212,165,308 in private sector reinvestment, and 300,543 volunteer hours.
New Mexico’s 2023 Accredited Main Street America™ Programs:
2. Albuquerque Downtown Art & Cultural District – a NM MainStreet
5. Belen MainStreet Partnership
9. Deming Luna County MainStreet
10. Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project
11. Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District
12. Downtown Las Cruces Partnership
13. MainStreet de Las Vegas & Arts and Cultural District
14. Los Alamos MainStreet & Creative District
16. Mora MainStreet and Arts & Cultural Compound
18. Raton MainStreet & Arts and Cultural District
20. Ruidoso Midtown Association
22. Silver City MainStreet Project
25. MainStreet Truth or Consequences
New Mexico’s 2023 Affiliate Main Street America™ Programs:
1. Clayton-Union County Economic Development Partnership
Coordinating Programs evaluate, select, and recommend qualifying communities to Main Street America annually. To qualify for Accreditation status, communities must meet a set of rigorous standards that include commitments to building grassroots revitalization programs, fostering strong public-private partnerships, nurturing economic opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets. NMMS annually evaluates the performance of local programs, in partnership with Main Street America, to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive, place-based revitalization efforts and achieving meaningful community outcomes.
On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $24.07 of new investment back into their downtown communities.