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.

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.