What is Main Street?
Preserving our History
Bowie became an officially designated Texas Main Street Project city in 1997. In January of 2000, upon completion of its first three years of affiliation with the state program at the start-up level, Bowie became recognized as a Sustaining Main Street City.
The Main Street philosophy combines self-help economic development activities with historic preservation to revitalize communities and their central cores. The Main Street Program capitalizes on a community’s heritage and history as well as their resources to confront the complex issue of invigorating declining downtown business districts and residential neighborhoods.
In Bowie, this program is a partnership between the City of Bowie and the community-based Main Street Bowie nonprofit organization. Volunteers throughout the community and their City of Bowie partners are dedicated to putting this revitalization system to work.
To accomplish the goal of revitalization, Main Street Bowie utilizes a four-point approach:
- Economic restructuring – Strengthening the local economy by enlarging the customer base and the improvement of skills within existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses to serve market needs (this committee encourages investment in downtown buildings and businesses)
- Design – Encouraging quality design improvements through renovation and restoration of historic buildings as well as streetscape enhancements and compatible new construction
- Organization – Bringing people, organizations, and resources together to work for the betterment of downtown and the community in its entirety
- Promotion – The employment of special events, festivals, and public relations to promote downtown Bowie and its businesses
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