Main Street is a national program born out of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has worked with communities across the nation to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based on historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed to save historic commercial architecture, but has become a powerful economic development tool too.
Ennis Main Street staff answers to many supervisors and constituency groups. Primarily, the Ennis Main Street Board, the City of Ennis and the Texas State Historical Commission oversee the development of Main Street's annual work plan and review the level of success in achieving priority objectives.
Phases of Main Street Programs:
Catalyst Phase: During this phase, in which the revitalization program is created, the organization builds collaborative partnerships; develops basic revitilization skills; and establishes a credible presence in the community.
Growth Phase: Most of the major reinvestment needed in the historic commercial district takes place during this period.
Management Phase: In this stage, the organization constantly monitors the marketplace and helps the district make necessary economic adjustments; ensures the district is well maintained; and continues to stimulate physical improvements and economic innovations.