What is Main
Street South Carolina?
Main Street South Carolina is a technical assistance
program that empowers communities as they revitalize their historic downtowns,
encouraging economic development and historic preservation.
Since 1984, Main Street South Carolina
has helped communities
build up the business and image of their downtown commercial districts by using
the successful Main Street Four-Point Approach
®. This comprehensive,
incremental approach to revitalization focuses on a community's unique heritage
and existing assets as well as coordinating efforts. Local resources and local
initiative drive revitalization efforts while the state program helps the communities
develop their own strategies for stimulating long-term downtown economic growth.
The time-tested approach reminds stakeholders that a healthy downtown is a key
part of sustainable economic development.
Main Street South Carolina
is Main Street America™Coordinating Program
. Main Street America helps to lead a powerful, grassroots
network consisting of more than 40 Coordinating Programs and 1,200
neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to building stronger
communities through preservation-based economic development. In South Carolina,
cities like Beaufort, Dillon and Laurens have discovered that — with the help
of Main Street South Carolina
— downtowns can thrive as centers of commerce and community again.
Why Main Street?
- It creates jobs – A revitalized district attracts new industry and strengthens service and retail job markets.
- It saves tax dollars – Revitalization stabilizes and improves a downtown's tax base while also protecting existing investments.
- It preserves a community's historic resources – In an economically healthy downtown, property owners maintain their historic buildings and preserve an important part of their community's heritage and identity.
- It builds community pride – Main Street provides a public space for community members to come together, create new partnerships and celebrate their downtown.
Become a Main Street South Carolina member