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The recently designated South Valley MainStreet emerging program is focused on the Bridge Street historic commercial district near the intersection of Bridge and Isleta Boulevards. The designation means opportunities for funding and technical assistance and calls for local leaders, business owners, and neighborhoods to work together to improve the area’s small business climate and preserve cultural assets. A steering committee of local business owners and county staff collaborated to apply for the designation from the state.
New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial neighborhoods. A program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, MainStreet works throughout New Mexico to help affiliated downtown organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic resources.
New Mexico MainStreet currently serves 23 affiliated MainStreet projects, including downtown Albuquerque and Nob Hill. Nearby, the Village of Corrales, and the City of Belen are also MainStreet communities. The four new emerging communities include Bernalillo County’s South Valley and adjoining Barelas neighborhood.
Emerging Main Street Organization Benchmarks
At the end of the community’s first 12-18 months of participation at the “Emerging Community” level, the steering committee should:
- Establish a non-profit organization to operate the program;
- Identify a representative board of directors;
- Adopt by-laws;
- Develop an organization logo;
- Receive training;
- Complete project implementation plans;
- Organize volunteer committees to carry out projects; and
- Hire a manager/director.
Each emerging organization will be evaluated to determine if it can proceed to the next phase - “Start-Up MainStreet Organization".
The MainStreet four-point framework encourages community self-help work in the following areas:
- Organization – creation of a well-managed, sustainable non-profit organization with staff and volunteers that operate the MainStreet program locally;
- Promotion – promoting the MainStreet district through special events, business promotions, and overall image development;
- Design – improving the downtown’s physical environment through historic preservation, building renovations, and improvements to façades, public spaces, amenities, and infrastructure;
- Economic Positioning – economic development of the MainStreet district, including identification of potential market opportunities, business retention, business.
There are 150 businesses and services located in the MainStreet district and Goff Village Center.
If you are interested in volunteering to revitalize Bridge Street, please contact:
South Valley MainStreet Coordinator