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Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) is our unique economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on "sense of place." We help local government develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities.

Established under the leadership of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in 2000, MSOC is the nation's first county-wide Main Street® program.


Congratulations to Rochester, Michigan
2013 Great American Main Street Award Winner



Main Street® Reinvestment Statistics​​

Program Totals for 2001-2012 

  • $632,367,152 Total New Public & Private Investment in MSOC downtowns
  • 6,409 New fulltime jobs were created (net)
  • 773 New businesses were established (net)
  • 2,987,022 Square feet of new floor space was constructed
  • Over 225,151 Volunteer hours were invested



Program Totals for 2012 

  • $52,995,790 Total New Public & Private Investment in MSOC downtowns
  • 435 New fulltime jobs (net)
  • 45 New businesses were established (net)
  • 37,245 Square feet of new floor space was constructed
  • Over 29,000 Volunteer hours were invested​


​Main Street Program National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Main Street Center®
Why Downtown is Important
Benefits of a Revitalized District 

​Associate Level

Associate Level Program