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    Florida Main Street Program

    Economic development in the context of historic preservation

    Panama City Main StreetIf a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then the photo on the left is worth over $2.3 billion. Yes, that's right, $2.3 billion-- the amount of private and public money invested in Florida main Street communities since 1985 when the Florida Main Street Program was established. (See reinvestment statistics.)

    What is Florida Main Street?

    Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, for traditional historic commercial corridors. 

    The Bureau conducts statewide programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, and preserving Florida's historic resources. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy in achieving these goals in Florida's historic retail districts. 

    Why Main Streets Matter

    Since 1985, the Bureau has offered manager training, consultant team visits, design and other technical assistance, as well as the benefit of experience gained by other Florida Main Street programs. 

    Florida Main Street is a self-help program. The Bureau of Historic Preservation supplies technical assistance, but the credit and responsibility for success rests with the many community leaders who offer their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to revitalizing downtown. 

    Florida Main Street is incremental. Using the Main Street Four Point Approach, community leaders work together to bring about many small but positive improvements downtown. Together, these improvements revitalize the downtown. 

    Contact Information

    Sign up for communications from the Florida Main Street Coordinating Office!

    Ronni Wood
    Florida Main Street Coordinator
    Phone: 850.245.6345


    Katherina Paliwoda
    Program Assistant
    Phone: 850.245.6346


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