Main Street Alabama

Main Street Alabama Creating jobs. Keeping character. Main Street Alabama is the state coordinating program for Main Street communities in the state. The organization offers technical assistance, educational resources and special events and networking opportunities.
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Decatur’s Historic Preservation Commission releases coloring book and launches art contest for Decatur elementary studen...
03/03/2021
Students design Decatur with the iHeartDecatur Art Contest

Decatur’s Historic Preservation Commission releases coloring book and launches art contest for Decatur elementary students. http://ow.ly/OYpl50DPgcW

Do you know a little artist who wants the chance to design their own version of a historic spot in Decatur? Check out places like the Princess Theatre and Carver School in the Designing Decatur coloring book!

Childhood friends join forces to rehab building in downtown Athens. http://ow.ly/kJnK50DMHnF
03/02/2021
New life for old downtown Athens buildings

Childhood friends join forces to rehab building in downtown Athens. http://ow.ly/kJnK50DMHnF

Feb. 26—A group of friends who graduated from Athens High in 1982 jumped at the chance to buy a vacant century-old building in downtown Athens, with plans to renovate the structure that housed a pool hall for decades. That's one of several redevelopment projects for the area around the Limestone C...

“Downtown is doing great,” Stacey Jeffcoat,  Main Street Alexander City Director, said. “Even during COVID in 2020 we ha...
03/01/2021
Downtown Alexander City will survive

“Downtown is doing great,” Stacey Jeffcoat, Main Street Alexander City Director, said. “Even during COVID in 2020 we had seven new businesses open in downtown, which was remarkable.” http://ow.ly/tjxy50DMVvK

Downtown Alexander City has seen its ups and downs but its spirit has always kept it going.

All signs point to downtown! Montevallo Main Street
02/27/2021

All signs point to downtown! Montevallo Main Street

We just put up a new and improved sign at Shoal Creek Park to invite visitors to experience downtown Montevallo!

We are excited to see this too.  This type of collaboration keeps us #MainStreetStrong!
02/25/2021

We are excited to see this too. This type of collaboration keeps us #MainStreetStrong!

Excited about hosting Monroeville and Atmore Main Street directors Anne Marie and Niki this afternoon in downtown Foley. #foleymainstreet #monroevillemainstreet #mainstreetatmore #mainstreetalabama

Check out this free download from the University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research.
02/17/2021

Check out this free download from the University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research.

The 2021 Alabama Economic Outlook is now available on the CBER website! The annual publication includes employment and GDP forecasts, a wide assortment of valuable data, and articles analyzing the U.S. and Alabama economies.

https://cber.culverhouse.ua.edu/alabama-economic-outlook

A Main Street director wears many hats and changes often from day to day.  Just ask Connie Fuller in Fort Payne, picture...
02/17/2021

A Main Street director wears many hats and changes often from day to day. Just ask Connie Fuller in Fort Payne, pictured as Pete the Cat, earlier this week.

Last day to register!
02/16/2021

Last day to register!

Registration deadline is tomorrow, February 16.
02/15/2021

Registration deadline is tomorrow, February 16.

Register by February 16!
02/13/2021

Register by February 16!

Join us for this informative webinar.
02/12/2021

Join us for this informative webinar.

02/12/2021
atmorenews.com

"It’s gone from where you couldn’t give a downtown space away, to where you can’t afford one, in just a few, short years," said Pride of Atmore Chairman Bub Gideons. "I’m excited see downtown Atmore coming back to life, and the Strand project has always been the center-focal point.” http://ow.ly/NCFz50DyQAt

Opelika Mayor welcomes Main Street Alabama Board.
02/10/2021

Opelika Mayor welcomes Main Street Alabama Board.

02/05/2021
Montevallo Main Street

How fun!!

On February 3, 2021, we installed 4 hand sanitizing stations in the Main Street District for the public to use as they enjoy downtown and walk in and out of our local businesses. MMS Board Co-President Sarah and Executive Director Courtney had some fun opening the boxes and getting them ready to put out on Main Street!

Thanks again to Main Street Alabama for providing these to us through a grant they received...and thank YOU for doing your part to shop local safely!

Atmore sees a flurry of projects including the revitalization of the Strand theatre downtown. http://ow.ly/d2zF50Drfs4
02/05/2021
Boom town – Atmore News

Atmore sees a flurry of projects including the revitalization of the Strand theatre downtown. http://ow.ly/d2zF50Drfs4

Headlines NewsBoom town By Don Fletcheraccess_time15 hours ago Construction projects could change face of small-town Atmore Top photo, the new Starbuck’s at Wind Creek; bottom ACH’s new primary care facility Flomaton-based Arrington Construction works to prepare the Jack’s site. By DON FLETCHE...

“Seeing new life brought to a downtown building long-vacant is one of the most exciting and gratifying components of the...
02/01/2021
Athens trio purchases historic downtown building

“Seeing new life brought to a downtown building long-vacant is one of the most exciting and gratifying components of the revitalization process,” said Tere Richardson, Athens Main Street Executive Director. http://ow.ly/UpRU50Do30K

An old billiards hall could see new life after being purchased by three Athens grads with a passion to enhance the downtown district, according to an official release.

"We’ve seen really a nice fresh look for an area that was beginning to decay," said Huntsville Councilwoman Jennie Robin...
02/01/2021
Economic boom relentless in south Huntsville

"We’ve seen really a nice fresh look for an area that was beginning to decay," said Huntsville Councilwoman Jennie Robinson of her district. http://ow.ly/7YF250DnPz2

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across much of the U.S. economy, in Huntsville, business is booming.

The life of a Main Street Director can only be understood by those that have walked in those heels, sneakers, boots, win...
01/28/2021

The life of a Main Street Director can only be understood by those that have walked in those heels, sneakers, boots, wingtips (etc). These directors from the Wiregrass are sharing some quality time today! Downtown Enterprise - Home of the Boll Weevil Main Street Eufaula Main Street Elba Headland Main Street Dothan Downtown

Last month, @NatlMainStreet heard about the hardships of 1,000+ small biz. The holidays are behind us and the PPP progra...
01/28/2021

Last month, @NatlMainStreet heard about the hardships of 1,000+ small biz. The holidays are behind us and the PPP program is renewed: How are things looking now? Please take our small business survey! Text SURVEY to 833-945-1313 or visit https://slkt.io/iXJX to participate.

DesignAlabama, Inc. featured Athens Main Street's alley project in their latest newsletter.
01/27/2021
Athens Main Street Announces Merchants Alley Revitalization Project | DesignAlabama

DesignAlabama, Inc. featured Athens Main Street's alley project in their latest newsletter.

Quite literally, alleys have long taken a backseat to other parts of town. These often-underused narrow spaces between and behind buildings are now being “activated” for public use. Efforts are under way to transform Merchant Alley in downtown Athens into a vibrant and functional space.

Collaboration is cool, especially when it's three designated Main Street Alabama communities in Shelby County.
01/27/2021

Collaboration is cool, especially when it's three designated Main Street Alabama communities in Shelby County.

We had a great time hosting 12 representatives from Columbiana Main Street and 2 from Calera Main Street today to talk about our Main Street program and tour our District!

We are so blessed in Shelby County to have 3 Main Street Districts just a short drive from each other, and we have a great partnership.

Looks like Bernie and his mittens made it to Scottsboro to take in the new photo trail.
01/22/2021

Looks like Bernie and his mittens made it to Scottsboro to take in the new photo trail.

That man is everywhere! Here he is enjoying our photo trail while waiting for an inside table at Payne’s. Jess, get the soup ready. He looks cold! #downtownscottsboro #mainstreetscottsboro #scottsboroal

Headland Main Street puts a positive spin on the traditional banner.
01/21/2021

Headland Main Street puts a positive spin on the traditional banner.

What an excellent gift! Who has influenced your life in a positive way? Who would you like to say "thank you" too? Place your order today. Go to headlandmainstreet.com for the application.

This photo-op ready frame in downtown Montevallo is updated with new art!
01/19/2021

This photo-op ready frame in downtown Montevallo is updated with new art!

Here comes the sun! Our Photo Frame is now sporting a sun created by well-known local artist Robin Metz. Check it out in front of the Post Office on Main Street, and while you're there, snap a photo! Thanks again to Design Committee members Jan & John for keeping this Photo Spot fresh and updated!

“It is important when schoolchildren walk the square that they be able to learn a little bit about each of these writers...
01/15/2021
New mural celebrates Alabama literary giants - Alabama NewsCenter

“It is important when schoolchildren walk the square that they be able to learn a little bit about each of these writers because you never know when the next poet is in the group or the next artist,” Monroeville MS director Anne Marie Bryan said of mural.

The painting in downtown Monroeville honors 10 writers credited with making the town the Literary Capital of Alabama.

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From our Main St. to Yours... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. ~ The Historic Downtown Hartselle Merchants.
Merry Christmas to the Main Street Alabama staff and their families, and to all the cities across the state!!! You have made this a year to be merry about. And lastly to a very special lady who is near and dear to you. I came across an old letter, that I wanted to share: 'Twas the night before Christmas & all through the town not a person was stirring, not even the town clown. But behold, just whom do we happen to meet-- a groovy young lady they call "Mary Mainstreet"! Quick as a flash she went spreading good cheer, wishing"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year"! This little tale is true of you, Mary. What a wonderful year we've had with you at the helm! Merry Christmas and "Thank You" from all of us.' -the Emporia, KS Main Street Board of Directors, 2000 I thought this epitomizes how hard she works for "Her City(s)", and how much she is appreciated and loved.
Washington Street on the Square an example of dressed for Christmas, Marion, Al. a Main Street Alabama Town!! All fresh cut Greenery, even the 'skirt: on the mannequin!
Thank you Main Street Alabama for a great Luncheon at Judson College today!!!