MAIN STREET MARYLAND
Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown
revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland
Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The
program strives to strengthen the economic potential of
Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a
competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities
who have made a commitment to succeed, and helps them improve
the economy, appearance and image of their traditional
downtown business districts.
To accomplish Main Street goals, DHCD has partnered with
the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main
Street Center, which developed the Main Street approach to
downtown revitalization. Since 1980, the national program has
been implemented in more than 1,700 communities nationwide.
The Main Street Maryland program has helped many
communities throughout the State create thriving downtown
areas. Leveraging the assistance from the program, governments
and local businesses have invested more than $74 million on
improvement projects that range from new streetlights to new
signs to renovated buildings. The program has resulted in more
than 400 new businesses and 1,800 new jobs.
A cabinet-level State agency, DHCD is committed to
expanding homeownership and affordable housing opportunities,
strengthening and revitalizing communities, and preserving
Learn more at the Dept
of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)
Main Street Maryland page.