In 2002 the City of Canyon was officially designated a Main Street city. The Texas Main Street Program is part of the Texas Historical Commission. It was started in 1981 and is one of the most successful throughout the United States. There are currently more than 40 states that participate in the national program which is hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Main Street methodology addresses four areas of concern and combines activities in these areas to develop a community’s individual strategy for strengthening and redeveloping its central business district. The Four Point Approach encompasses Organization, Promotion, Design, and Business, Planning and Development. Our Canyon Economic Development Board serves as our Business, Planning and Development Committee. They strengthen our town’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base.

The Canyon Main Street program is designed on community involvement and public-private partnerships to preserve a town’s unique assets and create an inviting atmosphere in town. It is also used as a powerful tool focused on economic development within the context of historic preservation.
The Canyon Main Street Advisory Board is appointed by the city commissioners. The board is responsible for assisting in policy, review of the annual program budget and determining the goals of the program. The Advisory Board meets each month with the exception of May, July and December.

Mission Statement: To improve quality of life for the citizens of Canyon and the benefit of the overall community, through the enhancement and promotion of historic preservation, restoration, business vitality, tourism, cultural and arts awareness.

Press Release: Canyon Receives 2016 National Accreditation for the Main Street Program.

The THC’s Texas Main Street Programs (TMSP) made the announcement February 10 at the winter gathering of the Texas Main Street managers in New Braunfels, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Texas Main Street city.

The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 2016 marks TMSP’s 35th anniversary. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and to increase quality of life. During 2015, more than $216 million was reinvested into Texas’ 90 Main Street districts. Additionally, 327 small businesses and 1,710 jobs were created.

Main Street programs are staffed, but rely on community volunteers to carry out the program. In 2015, Main Street volunteers reported more than 115,000 hours of work donated in support of the program. Main Street volunteers, staff, and other local partners are recognized through both state recognition and national accreditation.

In order to measure the success of Main Street programs and ensure annual goals are being achieved, local Main Street programs are recognized through an annual accreditation process. The success of accredited Texas Main Street programs has been proven through 35 years of substantial return on investment to local communities across the state.

Canyon has received National Accreditation 12 of the 13 times it has been eligible. Since the program began its affiliation with Main Street 14 years ago, the reinvestment reports submitted for the community show:

· Overall reinvestment of $36,718,142
· Creation of 198 jobs and 59 small businesses
· The contribution of 5,584 volunteer hours in support of the program, showing the community’s commitment to its downtown

Evelyn Ecker, Executive Director of Canyon Main Street, would like to thank all of our volunteers and members of the community for the support we have received over the past 14 years as a nationally accredited Main Street City. Canyon continues to improve economically and enhance physically to improve quality of life for citizens, as well as create a memorable experience for the increasing amount of visitors. This is all made possible with the combined efforts of the volunteers and citizens of Canyon, along with Canyon Main Street.