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.

On behalf of its downtown or neighborhood commercial district, any California community may apply for designation as a Designated California Main Street Community.


A local government may collaborate with a community organization such as a downtown business association, revitalization organization, chamber of commerce, 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation to jointly complete the application process and submit an application fee.

You may download the Designated Community Application in PDF format here. Questions on the process should be directed to Laura Cole-Rowe, Executive Director, California Main Street Alliance, (707) 631-5029 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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