Main Street Atmore is a nonprofit organization that seeks to stimulate downtown revitalization through organization (encouraging cooperation and building leadership in the business community); promotion (creating a positive image for downtown by promoting it as an exciting place to live, shop, and invest); design (improving downtown’s appearance); and economic vitality (receiving, administering and distributing funds supporting these purposes).
Main Street programs are more than having great events and making downtown look better. At its core, Main Street is an economic development tool that enhances the tax base of a community, fosters entrepreneurship, builds community capacity, and creates partnerships among key groups in a community. Organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring are the four features of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®, a proven model that has helped revitalize more than 2,000 communities, produced billions in investment and created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the last 34 years.
Atmore was selected for Main Street Alabama Designation in June 2020. Prior to its creation the Historic Preservation Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Atmore, and other groups worked independently to revitalize downtown. Now, Main Street Atmore is the hub linking those groups and other partnerships together as part of a sustainable, cohesive, progressive plan. We are one of only 28 communities selected to participate in the statewide coordinating program Main Street Alabama.
Developing a Main Street Program allows us to become more organized and assertive in marketing our downtown. Our director, Niki Bryan, supervises day-to-day operations, with guidance and input from a thirteen-member Board of Directors. Main Street Atmore provides many services, including business recruitment, financial incentive programs, and an incremental, coordinated advertising and promotion program. Our offices are located at the Atmore City Hall. We invite you to learn more about partnering with us to revitalize our beautiful town.