The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Longview for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 74 to be recognized this year. Local programs are annually recognized for National Accreditation through Main Street America™ and upon recommendation by the Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission by showing they have distinct strategies and performance related to community commitment to downtown; leadership and organizational capacity; diverse and sustainable funding; strategy-driven programming; preservation-based economic development; and demonstrated results.
Since 1981, Texas Main Street communities have reported more than $4.5 billion in reinvestment into their historic downtowns, as well as reporting the creation of 10,560 small businesses and 42,546 jobs. During 2019, the 89 designated Main Street communities in Texas reported more than $315 million in reinvestment; the creation of 2,007 jobs; and 508 small businesses.
There are currently 89 designated communities in Texas. Main Street communities are selected through an application process. Additional information can be found on the THC website. Additional information about the national Main Street effort – Main Street America™ can be found at mainstreet.org.