The Main Street Program –South Huntsville Main
The South Huntsville Business Association was designated a Main Street Alabama Urban Main Community in June of 2018. Our mission is to support, promote and advocate for South Huntsville businesses and create a vibrant South Huntsville. We are South Huntsville Main, our direction points forward.
The Main Street Approach is a community - driven, comprehensive program that is used to revitalize older, traditional business districts throughout the United States. It is a common - sense way to address the variety of issues and problems that face traditional business districts. The underlying premise of the Main Street approach is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today's marketplace. The Main Street Approach advocates a return to community self - reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian - friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.
The Main Street approach is incremental; it is not designed to produce immediate change. Because they often fail to address the underlying causes of commercial district decline, expensive improvements, such as pedestrian malls, do not always generate the desired economic results. In order to succeed, a long - term revitalization effort requires careful attention to every aspect of downtown — a process that takes time and requires leadership and local capacity building. Through the Main Street 4Point Approach to revitalization of organization, promotion, economic vitality and design, South Huntsville’s direction points forward!