About Us

About Us


Community-Driven Economic Development

Demographic shifts are bringing population and economic growth back to much of the urban landscape, but growth and prosperity is uneven. Many older commercial centers and their neighborhoods face challenges in building a sustainable economic base.

UrbanMain™, a program of the National Main Street Center (NMSC), offers a new set of community-driven economic development services to help under-resourced older and historic neighborhood commercial districts restore economic vitality and promote quality of life. The program builds on NMSC's 40 years of nonprofit leadership in commercial district revitalization and the work of the Main Street America Network. UrbanMain offers specialized services, professional development, networking, and advocacy for the field of urban commercial district practitioners. Check out our FAQs, learn more about our services, and meet our team.


A Time-Tested Framework

The Main Street America Movement has long believed that its approach, principles, and disciplines would translate to urban neighborhoods. In fact, it has done that in communities such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. The Main Street methodology has translated well to these urban centers.

- Patrice Frey, President and CEO, NMSC


Meet the Team

The UrbanMain team has decades of combined experience in the broad range of issues that impact downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.


Our Services

To meet the variety of conditions and needs of city and community leaders, we offer a range of service offerings from comprehensive, multi-phased strategic services to targeted, tactical services.


The Approach

Our approach offers community revitalization initiatives with a practical, adaptable framework for neighborhood commercial district transformation that is easily tailored to local conditions.