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California Main Street Alliance advocates on behalf of its membership on the state and national level. Partners for advocacy include the National Main Street Center, National Trust for Historic Preservation, California Preservation Foundation and others.
We track legislation on the state level that affect cities, downtowns, commercial districts and their businesses, as well as legislation regarding historic preservation.
Recent advocacy efforts include lobbying against the elimination of redevelopment in California.
Designated Community Process
California Main Street's Designated Community application requirements are designed to identify communities that will work effectively to revitalize their downtown and/or neighborhood commercial district. A desire to provide the greatest social, community and economic returns consistent with long-standing Main Street "guiding principles" and practices guide California Main Street's policies and criteria.
Application for Membership with California Main Street Alliance
Membership in California Main Street Alliance (CAMSA) is open to any person, business, organization or public entity that is interested in the revitilization of downtowns and commercial districts in California.
Associate Members are open to any person or organization interested in the mission of CAMSA, including communities who may wish to apply to become a California Designated Main Street Community in the future by completing the certification process. Annual membership dues are $250.
If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a member, please download the membership application.
The mission of the California Main Street Alliance (CAMSA) is to advocate for and provide technical assistance to California's historic commercial districts, traditional neighborhood commercial districts and downtowns. We serve as the primary non-profit advocate for the principles and ideals of California Main Street, a program that strives to enhance the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well being of California's historic and traditional downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
CAMSA offers education and other assistance to its members on behalf of the State of California's California Main Street program to California Main Street Designated and Aspiring communities that practice and sustain the Main Street Four Point Approach® to revitalization.
If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a member of this organization, please download the membership application.