FrostburgFirst, a Maryland Main Street Community, Inc.

As a Maryland Main Street Community, we are responsible for providing economic development opportunities within the context of historic preservation to traditional downtowns. FrostburgFirst uses the Maryland Main Street Five-Point Approach that incorporates design, local organization, promotion, economic development, and sustainability.  The Five-Point Approach.advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community.

*Graphic courtesy of the National Main Street Center. Please note that Maryland Main Street adds a fifth point, Clean, Safe, and Green with a focus on sustainability.

Our Mission:

To develop and foster a prosperous, vibrant, sustainable, and resilient designated Frostburg Main Street Community.  Historic Frostburg – A Maryland Main Street Community, Inc. (FrostburgFIrst) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, and has been a nationally accredited and designated Maryland Main Street Program since 2001. FrostburgFirst is an economic development and revitalization organization formed and operated exclusively for the purpose of promoting and advancing downtown Frostburg. Specifically, FrostburgFirst engages the community, enhances streetscape aesthetics, supports and promotes small businesses, and organizes programs and events to make Frostburg a wonderful place to live, work, and visit. In carrying out our mission, FrostburgFirst uses the guiding principles established by Main Street Maryland in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. We regularly act as a facilitator for existing and potential business owners in finding resources, local artists to find appropriate venues, and we work closely with our county tourism department to highlight the area’s attractions, and engage in economic development through collaborative partnerships and projects locally and regionally.

Our Vision:

Downtown Frostburg is a thriving arts, cultural, and business community in the midst of Appalachian beauty.

 FrostburgFirst’s mission is accomplished through grant funding, with the support of our community, business, and artist investors, the City of Frostburg’s contributions through Hotel/Motel Tax Funding, fundraising efforts, and volunteer and community support. Visit our “Invest” page to see how to you can make a difference in Frostburg!