Steeped in historic preservation, The Main Street Four-Point ApproachTM was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 to save historic commercial architecture and the fabric of American communities. Arkansas joined the National Main Street Network in 1984 and the following year brought five cities into the statewide network through a competitive application process. Since then, we’ve added many diverse cities to the state network.
Since 1984, we’ve seen communities capitalize on the very assets that characterize their downtowns, like their distinctive architecture, entrepreneurial spirit, pedestrian-friendly environment, and unique sense of place. Countless volunteers and community leaders are dedicating themselves to preserving their community cores and ensuring that their downtowns are vibrant gathering places.
In 2030, Main Street Arkansas will be a premiere state coordinating program. The program is known for its experience in historic preservation, downtown revitalization, small business development, and program management. Main Street Arkansas staff are leaders in downtown design and innovative solutions and are the primary resources for downtown economic development. Main Street Arkansas designation is a highly valued and sought-after status by communities.