Bowie became an officially designated Texas Main Street Project city in 1997. In January of 2000, upon completion of its first three years of affiliation with the state program at the start-up level, Bowie became recognized as a Sustaining Main Street City.
The Main Street philosophy combines self-help economic development activities with historic preservation to revitalize communities and their central cores. The Main Street Program capitalizes on a community’s heritage and history as well as their resources to confront the complex issue of invigorating declining downtown business districts and residential neighborhoods.
In Bowie, this program is a partnership between the City of Bowie and the community-based Main Street Bowie nonprofit organization. Volunteers throughout the community and their City of Bowie partners are dedicated to putting this revitalization system to work.