The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has designated Temple as 2018 official Texas Main Street city.

The THC’s Texas Main Street Program is a revitalization program for historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Temple will officially enter the program January 1 and become the 89th currently designated participant. Temple will participate in the Urban Main Street category.

“The Texas Main Street Program preserves the character of Texas’ downtowns, attracting new businesses and bringing more tourist dollars into local communities,” said THC Chairman John L. Nau, III. “Temple knows that historic preservation isn’t about the past – it’s about developing new economic opportunities for the future.”

The THC’s Texas Main Street Program began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the U.S. Since then, 176 Texas communities have participated in the program, generating more than $3.7 billion in overall reinvestment into historic downtowns, creating more than 37,000 jobs, and 9,200 small businesses.

Local Main Street programs receive a wide range of services and technical expertise from the THC including design and historic preservation, planning, economic development, organizational management, and training. The Texas program is affiliated with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Every year, the THC may select up to five Texas cities for official Main Street designation. The announcement was made December 8 at the THC’s quarterly commission meeting in Austin, Texas.

“Downtown Temple is experiencing a renaissance right now with millions of dollars in improvements currently underway,” said Sherri Street, Downtown Development Coordinator. “This program will help us take our efforts to the next level.”

For more information on the Texas Main Street Program, contact State Coordinator Debra Drescher at 512-463-5758 and debra.drescher@thc.texas.gov, or visit the THC’s website at http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-main-street. For information regarding Discover Downtown Temple, contact Sherri Street at 254-314-0095 or sstreet@templetx.gov.

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