History Of CA Program
Focused on enhancing the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of historic and traditional commercial districts located in California's diverse cities, towns, and neighborhoods, California Main Street has helped communities build strong broad-based organizations to implement and manage the revitalization process. From 1986 to 2002, the California Main Street Program was administered by the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency and supported by State General Funds.
In 2003, due to the budgetary crises, the Main Street Program was terminated when the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency was eliminated by the Budget Act.
In August 2004, through the efforts of the California Main Street Alliance, the California Preservation Foundation, and the Californians for Preservation Action, as the result of Senate Bill 1107, signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Main Street Program was re-established, without funding or staffing, within the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP).
The California Main Street Alliance (CAMSA) has kept the Main Street Program active providing vital communication and training programs. Formed in 2002, this nonprofit organization coordinates the designated communities' annual reports and transmittal of aggregate figures to the National Main Street Center, provides resource information for all members, conducts training and workshop sessions, network meetings and other fee for service programs, and keeps members informed of the latest trends in downtown revitalization.
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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.