Have you heard the news about the historic downtown of Hamilton, Texas?
Hamilton officially entered the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Main Street Program Jan. 1. The Main Street Program stimulates private sector downtown reinvestment in historic downtowns and helps retain, expand and recruit small businesses while also creating new jobs in Texas. THC’s Texas Main Street Program accepted its initial programs in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the U.S. Since then, 179 Texas communities have participated in the program. Participating communities have generated more than $4.4 billion in overall reinvestment into their historic downtowns and created almost 42,000 jobs and more than 10,000 small businesses.
Hamilton will receive a wide range of services and technical expertise from THC including design and historic preservation, planning, economic development, organizational management and training. The Texas program is affiliated with the National Main Street Center/Main Street America™, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street model is based on a Four-Point Approach™ of preservation-based revitalization for historic downtowns. A Main Street Advisory Board and committees will be set up as the next step for the local program.
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