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September 25, 2017





September 25, 2017


Amanda Elliott
Phone: (510) 236-4049
Fax: (510) 236-4052

1015 Nevin Avenue, Suite 105, Richmond, CA 94801


Partners in Preservation Campaign


Saturday, September 25 - October 31



Richmond Main Street Initiative Hosting "Open House Weekend" Event Highlighting Importance of Downtown Richmond's Preservation on Saturday, October 7th.


Richmond CA -- September 25, 2017 --  As a participant of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) is encouraging the public to visit to help Downtown Richmond secure funding to support the restoration of the Marquee at Market Square Mall, located at 322 Harbour Way. The new marquee and sign at this 1924 historic site, between Macdonald and Nevin Avenues, will light up Downtown Richmond along one of its most visible intersections and widely-traveled thoroughfares. Richmond is the only Bay Area city 
that's been nominated to compete for this award. 

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will award $2 million in grant funding from American Express to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America. The public will determine which sites will receive funding by voting for their favorite main streets through October 31 at, the online voting portal hosted by National Geographic Travel.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend

RMSI will host an Open House Weekend event on Saturday, October 7 at the Market Square Mall from 11am until 3pm, highlighting the importance of Main Street preservation efforts in Downtown Richmond CA. Richmond Main Street Initiative is one of twenty-five historic Main Street districts across the country participating in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend.

As part of RMSI's Open House Weekend, residents and guests of Richmond CA will have the opportunity to visit the Market Square Mall and support our local small businesses, enjoy a Downtown History Hike and learn from our National Park Service about other historical sites throughout Downtown Richmond.

Delta Air Lines is the sponsor of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend. Open House Weekend activities in Richmond CA are one of many local events taking place nationwide between October 6 and 9.

Why Main Street Matters

According to 2016 data from Main Street America, investments in Main Street districts have a significant impact on local economies - encouraging real estate development as well as the creation of new businesses and jobs. In 2016, $4.65 billion reinvested in Main Street improvement programs resulted in 8,042 building rehabilitations, 5,616 business openings, and 27,462 new jobs.

Furthermore, according to a recent study from Morning Consult of 2,201 Americans commissioned by American Express, 79 percent of Americans say that preserving Main Street is important. Additionally, 79 percent of Americans say that the idea of Main Street is what makes America beautiful. Main Street is also seen as vital in connecting Americans to their local community - 82 percent of Americans say that Main Street is important to their ability to socialize with others in a community. A similar amount, 86 percent, say that Main Street is important to the well-being and the enjoyment of a community.

For more information and to vote daily for DOWNTOWN RICHMOND through October 31, visit and share the love via social media using #VoteYourMainStreet.


About Richmond Main Street Initiative
Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond, California as a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban village offering products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect our community's rich and diverse heritage.  Our programs and events are a vital part of the urban village concept and serve to educate youth, businesses and community residents.  RMSI partners with the City of Richmond, property owners and merchants to implement a comprehensive, community-driven approach to developing and improving Downtown Richmond.

About Partners in Preservation
Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America's historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at, and connect with us on,, , and

Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information:charge and credit cardsbusiness credit cards,Plenti rewards program,travel services,gift cards,prepaid cards,merchant servicesAccertify,corporate card,business travel, and corporate responsibility.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America's historic

About Main Street America
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 315 destinations in 54 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including AmsterdamAtlanta, Boston,  Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. PaulNew York-JFK and LaGuardiaLondon-HeathrowParis-Charles de GaulleSalt Lake CitySeattle, Seoul, and  Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub,, and

About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit visit National Geographic  and find us on Facebook,TwitterInstagram, Google+,YouTube,LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Richmond Main Street Initiative
Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond. RMSI partners with the City of Richmond, merchants, and residents to develop and improve downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect the community's rich and diverse heritage. The DRPBID district encompasses the core of the Historic Downtown area along the Macdonald Avenue corridor bounded approximately by 6th Street, Barrett Avenue, Bissell Avenue, and 16th Street. 
For more information and to read about the RMSI's events and programs, please visit and 


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Richmond Main Street Initiative
Revitalizing Historic Downtown Richmond

1015 Nevin Avenue, Suite 105
Richmond, CA 94801
(additional entrance at 402 Harbour Way)

P: (510) 236-4049
F: (510) 236-4052

Richmond Main Street Initiative, 1015 Nevin Avenue, Suite 105, Richmond, CA 94801

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