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What the Main Street Program is doing in America's communities   

Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has been working with communities across the nation to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed to save historic commercial architecture and the fabric of American communities' built environment, but has become a powerful economic development tool as well.

Dawson Springs, Kentucky Town SignThe Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown or central business district, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street's future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings, and expanding parking.

Building on downtown's inherent assets -- rich architecture, personal service, and traditional values and most of all, a sense of place -- the Main Street approach has rekindled entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic concern. It has earned national recognition as a practical strategy appropriately scaled to a community's local resources and conditions. And because it is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from local issues and concerns.

What Dawson Springs’ Main Street Program is doing in our own community

The Dawson Springs Main Street Program is a community driven economic development initiative, concentrating on four areas:

bullet Organization     
bullet Promotion
bullet Design
bullet Economic Restructuring
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The benefits from the Dawson Springs Main Street Program are intangible and come from knowing that Dawson Springs’ heritage is being protected through the commitment of its citizens, businesses and industries. Although our mission is to preserve the past, our obligation is to look towards the future. 

Volunteers are vital to our success.  Whenever you give your time, you further our efforts to preserve our community for generations to come.  Please consider serving on a committee or project task force.  Call Dawson Springs Main Street Program at 270-797-4248 to sign up! 

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