Hammond: An Award-Winning Main Street

Downtown Hammond earned the designation of a Great American Main Street in 2022.

“The Great American Main Street Award [GAMSA] is the highest honor within the field of commercial district management." -Patrice Frey, Former President and CEO of Main Street America

Since 1984, Louisiana Main Street has helped communities transform the way they think about revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Cities and towns across the state have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core. 

What is Main Street?

Main Street is a national movement that began in 1980 and has since taken root in more than 2,000 communities - a movement that has spurred $49 billion in reinvestment in traditional commercial districts, galvanized thousands of volunteers, and changed the way governments, planners, and developers view preservation. Over the years, the National Main Street Center has overseen the development of a national network of coordinating programs that today includes statewide programs, citywide programs, and regional programs. These coordinating programs help cities, towns, and villages revitalize their downtown and neighborhood business districts. Coordinating program staff help build the capacity of local Main Street programs, expand the network of Main Street communities, provide resources and technical assistance, and work with the National Main Street Center to explore new solutions to revitalization challenges and respond to emerging trends throughout the nation.

Why Main Street Matters

We all know where our Main Streets are, but do we know what they are and why they matter? Whether they are named First Avenue or Water Street or Martin Luther King Boulevard, what they represent is universal. Main Street is the economic engine, the big stage, the core of the community. Our Main Streets tell us who we are and who we were, and how the past has shaped us. We do not go to bland suburbs or enclosed shopping malls to learn about our past, explore our culture, or discover our identity. Our Main Streets are the places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work, and play. 

So what is Main Street?  The phrase has been used to describe everything from our nostalgic past to our current economic woes, but when we talk about Main Street®, we are thinking of real places doing real work to revitalize their economies and preserve their character. Specifically, Main Street® is three things: a proven strategy for revitalization, a powerful network of linked communities, and a national support program that leads the field.

Hammond Downtown Development District belongs to Louisiana Main Street, run through the State office of Cultural Development. We are also a long standing member of the National Main Street organization. 

Hammond named American's Greatest Main Street in 2022  


Hammond Downtown Development District (HDDD) in Hammond, Louisiana is one of three winners of the 2022 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), which recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The 2022 GAMSA designations, sponsored by The Hartford, were presented at the opening plenary for the Main Street Now Conference in Richmond, VA.

Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, Hammond Downtown Development District is being recognized for their significant historic preservation efforts, vibrant small business environment, and dedication to inclusive, people-centered placemaking.

“Hammond’s commitment to community engagement is key to their success,” said Main Street America President and CEO, Patrice Frey. “Their significant outreach efforts have ensured that the revitalized district is reflective of the diverse residents, business owners, and visitors in the area.”

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Hammond receives top recognition in 2019

In 2019 the Hammond Main Street was recoginzed as a semi-finalist for the Great American Main Street Award? What does that mean? It's the highest honor awarded in the Main Street community making our Downtown the Top 10 greatest Main Streets for 2019. 

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