The mission of Quincy Main Street is to bring together individuals and businesses to preserve, revitalize and improve Quincy’s historic downtown for citizens and visitors alike. Our purpose is to preserve the rich and diverse culture of the South while enriching our community with sponsored activities and business development.
Our vision is a revitalized and vibrant Quincy downtown district, a destination and center of commercial, civic and social life.
ABOUT MAIN STREET
What is the History of the Main Street Program?
The National Main Street Center, a private, non-profit organization, was established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 to stimulate economic development within a context of historic preservation.
The Florida Main Street program was established in 1985. Administered by the Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation, it provides technical assistance to Florida’s 43 active Main Street communities for their traditional historic commercial corridors.
Quincy’s first Main Street program was formed in 1987, making it one of Florida’s original Main Street communities. Today Quincy Main Street, Inc. is moving forward as a private, non-profit organization formed by interested citizens and dedicated local residents and professionals concerned about the economic viability of the downtown district and possessing a desire to see a revitalized Quincy downtown as a destination for visitors and source of community pride for area residents.
Why Worry About Downtown?
Main Street U.S.A. was the birthplace of American enterprise and the center of economic and social activity for the community. After World War II a more mobile society abandoned historic downtowns for suburbs and the creation of the Interstate Highway system along with the advent of shopping malls and super-stores left many downtown communities by the wayside. But that is all changing! Throughout the United States historic downtowns are being restored and becoming destinations among themselves. Shoppers are looking for that unique and “authentic” experience and shopping malls that once spent millions to recreate the feel of the traditional Main Street are dying. No new enclosed mall has been built since 2006 and it is predicted that half of all malls will close in the next 10 years.
The Main Street Approach
Across the nation, small cities are discovering that the “Main Street” approach can bring about dramatic, positive change downtown. As a unique preservation-based economic development tool, the Main Street Four Point Approach® is the foundation for local initiatives to revitalize their districts by leveraging local assets—from cultural or architectural heritage to local enterprises and community pride. This approach advocates improvements in four areas to create a distinctive image for downtown:
Improving the economic base of downtown by strengthening existing businesses, recruiting new businesses, performing market analysis and encouraging second floor commercial and/or residential use.
Encouraging quality building rehabilitation, signage, public improvements and façade improvements to improve the appearance of downtown.
Creating and marketing a positive image of downtown through special events, retail sales, effective advertising and public relations.
Working with public and private sector community leaders to develop and coordinate resources to revitalize downtown.
The National Main Street Center’s experience in helping communities bring their commercial corridors back to life has shown time and time again that the Main Street Four-Point Approach succeeds. That success is guided by following eight principles, which set the Main Street methodology apart from other redevelopment strategies. For a Main Street program to be successful, it must whole-heartedly embrace the time-tested Eight Principles.