2016 Nationally Accredited Texas Main Street Programs Recognized

New Braunfels, Texas— The Texas Historical Commission (THC) commended Marshall Main Street for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 58 to be recognized this year.

The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 2016 marks TMSP’s 35th anniversary. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and to increase quality of life. During 2015, more than $216 million was reinvested into Texas’ 90 Main Street districts. Additionally, 327small businesses and 1,710 jobs were created.

Main Street programs in Texas are staffed, but rely on community volunteers to carry out the program. In 2015, Main Street volunteers reported more than 115,000 hours of work donated in support of the program.

“For 35 years, the Texas Main Street effort has provided substantial return on investment to local communities across the state,” said Mark Wolfe, THC Executive Director. “Recognizing these individual local programs through an annual accreditation process proves that Main Street’s ambitious annual goals are being achieved.”

The THC’s Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) made the announcement February 10 at the winter gathering of Texas Main Street managers in New Braunfels, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Texas Main Street city.

“The combination of effort by Main Street volunteers, staff and other local partners reaps great dividends. The state recognition and national accreditation recognizes these efforts,” said Debra Drescher, TMSP state coordinator.

Accredited programs show above average performance in 10 categories on an annual report. Selection criteria focus on planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer effort, preservation ethic, training, and program assessment through reporting. The state office also works with programs throughout the year by providing various services based upon local needs.

For additional information about the national Main Street effort, visit the National Trust Main Street website at For more information on the THC’s Main Street program visit


The THC’s Texas Main Street Program is a revitalization program for historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. It is based on a Four-Point Approach™ -organization, design, promotion, and economic restructuring-all within the context of historic preservation. Implemented nationwide and in Texas in 1981, the Texas program has assisted more than 170 communities throughout the state. For more information, contact Debra Drescher at 512-463-5758 or


Programs recommended for 2016 National Accreditation

(Based on progress reported from September 2014 to September 2015 and announced in May 2016 at the

National Main Street Conference Main Street Now in Milwaukee, WI.)


  1. Amarillo
  2. Bastrop
  3. Bay City
  4. Brenham
  5. Bridgeport
  6. Caldwell
  7. Canyon
  8. Carthage
  9. Childress
  10. Clifton
  11. Colorado City
  12. Corsicana
  13. Cotulla
  14. Cuero
  15. Decatur
  16. Denison
  17. Denton
  18. Eagle Pass
  19. Elgin
  20. Farmersville
  21. Gainesville
  22. Georgetown
  23. Gladewater
  24. Gonzales
  25. Grapevine
  26. Greenville
  27. Harlingen
  28. Henderson
  29. Hillsboro
  30. Huntsville
  31. Kingsville
  32. La Grange
  33. Laredo
  34. Levelland
  35. Lufkin
  36. Luling
  37. Marshall
  38. McKinney
  39. Mineola
  40. Mount Pleasant
  41. Mount Vernon
  42. Nacogdoches
  43. New Braunfels
  44. Paris
  45. Plainview
  46. Rockwall
  47. Rosenberg
  48. Royse City
  49. San Angelo
  50. San Augustine
  51. San Marcos
  52. Seguin
  53. Taylor
  54. Texarkana
  55. Tyler
  56. Victoria
  57. Waxahachie
  58. Winnsboro


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