Hamilton Historic Main Street
What is Main Street?
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) designated Hamilton as an official Texas Main Street community in 2020. The Texas Main Street program is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the THC, and focuses on the Four Point Approach of organization, economic development, design, and promotion with community involvement and volunteer support.
To learn more, please see our brochure below.
Four Point Approach in Action
Our Design Committee is led by Advisory Board Kim Cooper and Chrissy Lane, along with Ex Officio members Sarah Bauman and Kim Hinton.
The focus is to help preserve and enhance the physical elements within our Main Street District.
Some of our successful projects this year have included completing an inventory of all properties within the Main Street District and creating a Hamilton webpage within DowntownTX.org, a Texas Main Street website. We have also been working with local property owners and Texas Main Street on planning building rehabilitation and beautification projects.
Our Economic Vitality Committee is led by Advisory Board members Doug Baker, Kevin Cude, Keith Gatewood, and Valerie Krehmeier.
The focus is to work with Hamilton EDC and identified new market opportunities for the district, redefine our district niche, and sharpen the competitiveness of our existing businesses while nurturing new enterprises. For example, please see our list of strategy ideas and social media tips that business owners may find helpful in strengthening their sustainability.
Some of our successful projects this year have included working with Hamilton EDC to provide COVID-19 response assistance to the community, exploring business catalyst opportunities for the EDC building, and assisting with the Imagine the Possibilities tour to attract new businesses.
Our Organization Committee is led by Advisory Board members Grady Hooper and Clay Tarpley, along with Ex Officio members James Lively and Ryan Polster.
The focus is to help network with other organizations and grow our community volunteer base, as we establish community priorities.
Some of our successful projects this year have included completing the Community Survey and Stakeholder Survey, nominating a new board member, and networking to community organizations and explain the purpose of Main Street.
Our Promotions Committee is led by Advisory Board members Linda Catoe, Jim Eidson, and The Honorable Jim McInnis, along with Ex Officio member Joni Hoxsey.
The focus is to help preserve our past while looking to the future, gathering information on our strengths and marketing them.
Some of our successful projects this year have included working on the Main Street Brochure (shown above) and the Imagine the Possibilities virtual tour.
Hamilton Historic Main Street is continuously working to serve our community. Here are a few projects we currently completing:
Texas Main Street Hamilton Resource Team Presentation
Texas Main Street presented an interim report on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 3-5 pm with an option to attend virtually or at Studio on the Square, 109 N. Rice Street. The report led with a summary of the Hamilton Community and Stakeholder Survey Results and then followed with a presentation from the state discussing recommendations for our local Main Street program. To view the discussed presentations, please see the following links:
- For the survey presentation, please click here.
- For Texas Main Street's presentation, please click here.
- For the Informational Packet (survey results and full interim report), please click here.
Hamilton Historic Main Street collaborated with Hamilton EDC and Hamilton City Council to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s 2020 Texas Community Development Block Grant available for Downtown Revitalization and Main Street programs. Our grant application was submitted on September 1st. To learn more about the grant opportunity, please see the attached presentation.