In 1988, Gonzales became a Texas Main Street community.
Main Street is a national program born out of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has worked with communities across the nation to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based on historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed to save historic commercial architecture, but has become a powerful economic development tool too.
Gonzales Main Street staff answers to many supervisors and constituency groups. Primarily, the Gonzales Main Street Board, the City of Gonzales and the Texas State Historical Commission oversee the development of Main Street’s annual work plan and review the level of success in achieving priority objectives.
The Gonzales Main Street program aims to create an experience rich environment, while preserving the beautiful historic features of our downtown.Our vision is for Gonzales to become a destination for those seeking a unique, friendly small town atmosphere and keeping our role in Texas History alive.
Gonzales Main Street will be a driving force in ensuring that our iconic downtown contributes to our community’s well-being.Gonzales Main Street will effectively carry out a program to preserve and enhance our downtown through promotions, tourism, encouraging local spending, and inspiring lifelong preservation and revitalization of our historic community.
Phases of Main Street Programs:
- Catalyst Phase: During this phase, in which the revitalization program is created, the organization builds collaborative partnerships; develops basic revitilization skills; and establishes a credible presence in the community.
- Growth Phase: Most of the major reinvestment needed in the historic commercial district takes place during this period.
- Management Phase: In this stage, the organization constantly monitors the marketplace and helps the district make necessary economic adjustments; ensures the district is well maintained; and continues to stimulate physical improvements and economic innovations.
Revitalizing Main Street:
- Board Members
- Organization Committee Members
- Promotion Committee Members
- Design Committee Members
- Economic Restructuring Committee Members
Texas Historical Commission (Reassessment Report – June 2010)