About Portland Main Street
The Portland City Council adopted an Economic Development Strategy that calls for building a sustainable economy through neighborhood business vitality. To accomplish this goal, Portland will utilize The Main Street Four-Point Approach®, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to assist communities in revitalizing their neighborhood business districts.
This approach uses a community-driven, comprehensive methodology focused on revitalizing older, traditional business districts located outside of Urban Renewal Areas. Financial assistance in the form of grants is provided to each Main Street District, selected through a competitive application process. In addition to funding, the National Trust Main Street Center® and the Portland Main Street Program will provide ongoing guidance and training to participating Main Street Districts. The Portland program is modeled after other successful urban Main Street programs in Boston, Baltimore and Washington DC, and also highlights sustainability as a core value underpinning the efforts of each participating Main Street District.
The Main Street effort is spearheaded by the Office of Mayor, the Portland Development Commission, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and The Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations. Each neighborhood is unique, and the condition of its commercial district shapes its character and signals that it’s an attractive place to live, work and invest. This investment in Portland’s neighborhood economies recognizes the contributions they make to the City’s livability, vibrancy and overall quality of life.