mainstreetThe Mission of the Carthage Main Street Program is to implement downtown revitalization under the Main Street Four-Point Approach--Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring, all with the context of historic preservation. The Carthage Main Street Program will strive, along with an organized community effort, to:

  • Assure quality design of public places and private properties;
  • Encourage economic vitality through business retention, recruitment and development;
  • Promote activities that instill community pride and invite visitors.

The Carthage Main Street Advisory Board has 17 members with each member serving on either the design, organization, promotion or economic restructuring committee. It meets monthly on the fourth Monday and committees meet at other designated times. The Main Street Manager works closely with the Board and its Committees, the City Manager, Chamber of Commerce, downtown merchants, and the Texas Main Street Office.

Vision Statement: The Carthage Main Street Program sees historical downtown as the hub of the city and the county where social, economic and civic activities generate a welcoming environment in which local citizens and visitors can enjoy diverse experiences.

MSLOGOAs a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Carthage Texas Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
"Carthage has been a Texas Main Street City since 2001 and has earned accreditation from the National Main Street Center every year since, something that I'm extremely proud of," said Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney. "This means that we are doing things right, that we are going in the right direction. The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and to me, historic preservation isn't just about saving an individual building, it's about building community. It's about people, the economy, the environment. It's about well-being, and most of all, it's about learning from our past so we can improve our future."

Main Street America is a movement. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for  more than 35 years. It is the leading voice for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization across the country. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique. Working together, the programs that make up the Main Street America network help to breathe new life into the places people call home.

Main Street America is a mark of distinction. It is a seal, recognizing that participating programs, organizations, and communities are part of a national movement with a proven track record for celebrating community character, preserving local history, and generating impressive economic returns. Since 1980, over 2,000 communities have been part of Main Street, bringing renewed energy and activity to America’s downtowns and commercial districts, securing $61 billion in new investment creating more than 525,000 net new jobs and rehabilitating 251,000 buildings.

Main Street America is a time-tested strategy. Main Street America communities are encouraged to make use of a time-tested approach, known as the Main Street Approach. The Main Street Approach is rooted in a commitment to broad-based community engagement, a holistic understanding of the factors that impact the quality of life in a community, and strategic focus on the core principles of downtown and neighborhood revitalization: Economic Vitality, Quality Design, Effective Promotion, and Sustainable Organization.
More information on the National Main Street Center/Main Street America:
More information about the Texas Main Street Program and the Texas Historical Commission: preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-main-street and http://www.