CROWNSVILLE, MD – Cities and towns throughout the state may now apply year-round for the downtown revitalization opportunities available through the nationally recognized Main Street Maryland program.
Secretary Skinner announced that the department’s Main Street Maryland program will now accept applications from cities and towns on a rolling basis throughout the year. Previously applications for designation as a Main Street Maryland community were accepted every two to three years.
Created in 1998, Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that is recognized nationally as a model for Smart Growth. The program strengthens the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities which have made a commitment to revitalization, and helps them increase private-sector small business investment, and improve the appearance and image of their core business districts. Through the program, DHCD has designated 26 communities in 17 counties, resulting in the opening of 1,663 new businesses and the creation of 6,666 new jobs. Continue reading