Downtown Taos MainStreet is an independent, nonprofit, local program to facilitate a shared vision for our downtown, encourage economic vitality, and celebrate Taos’ cultural and historic assets.
We coordinate economic development opportunities for local businesses.
We work with merchants and property owners to improve their businesses and structures.
We make downtown design improvements, and restore our proud history.
In short, we help our local community become all it can be for generations to come.
Taos MainStreet: A Great Taos Today – A Better Taos Tomorrow
How is Taos MainStreet different from past efforts?
Taos MainStreet (TMS) is committed to implementing a shared vision for a dynamic economic revitalization in Taos, yet this has been tried without success in the past. So how will Taos MainStreet be different? Accredited in 2019 through New Mexico MainStreet (a statewide organization of experts originating through the National Trust for Historic Preservation) the TMS’ accreditation included more than 50 capacity-building benchmarks in the areas of economic development, design, promotion, and organization. Over two years, the process engaged over 55 volunteer stakeholders.
With this accreditation and local government support
Taos MainStreet will be different and will make an impact.
Taos MainStreet has sought community-generated ideas and built consensus around a “better Taos”. One of our most recent community dialogues was the “Strong at Heart” initiative. Those meetings resulted in an executive summary that was adopted by the Taos Town Council in June 2019 as part of their redevelopment plan. Strong local leaders from the private sector, with a notable record of community accomplishments, continue to shepherd Taos MainStreet towards implementation of clear goals developed during the past two years.
Where is Taos MainStreet?
Included here, you will see a map outlining the identified Taos MainStreet District where those initial projects with the greatest impact will take place.
What has MainStreet done and what is next?
Please see the attached summary of our work to date, including volunteer hours and services leveraged, along with identified initial goals and focused projects. Exciting stuff!
Yes, your help will ensure success. Please join us!
Taos MainStreet is informed and guided by the extensive planning for our downtown.
To move forward, we use the MainStreet 4-Point Approach created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
These four primary committees, made up of community members, work to:
Leverage our natural, cultural, and economic assets into sustained productivity
Build on existing resources to expand the local and regional economy
Strengthen small businesses while seeking investment from larger entities
Foster partnerships with government organizations, nonprofits, and the business community to realize a shared vision of our town
Imagine Downtown Taos
As a place reflecting our rich, authentic culture and creativity
Served by streets, sidewalks, and paths that promote walkability and access
Hosting diverse, thriving businesses that expand opportunity
Full of appealing public spaces and events that bring the community together
With affordable, attractive housing and business spaces
Reestablished as the economic and cultural heart of the community
Goals for Downtown Taos
Promote prudent economic development
Preserve local characteristics and values
Support entrepreneurs and creatives
Foster a healthy community