The Arizona Main Street Program, housed within Arizona State Parks and State Historic Preservation Office, works throughout Arizona to implement the “Main Steet Approach,” developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980.
The Main Street Four‐Point Approach is a preservation‐based economic development tool that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts. The four points – Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion – work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.
The Arizona Main Street Program provides local communities with information, technical assistance, networking, and other services to implement the Four‐Point Approach:
- Selects local communities with traditional commercial districts for participation in the program.
- Provides technical assistance and training to local Main Street communities.
- Provides networking and advocacy to local Main Street programs.
- Serves as a liaison with the National Main Street Center.
- Identifies local programs that meet the standards of National Main Street Program Accreditation.
Special thanks to the Vail Preservation Society and the members who helped Vail become part of the Arizona Certified Main Street Program.