Main Street Oakland County
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Main Street Oakland County 2100 Pontiac Lake Road Building 41W Waterford, MI 48328 (248) 858-5445 Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Main Street Oakland County

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) is our unique economic development program for downtowns, 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.


 Main Street Oakland County Program Offerings

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Associate Level,

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) Associate Level is designed to educate local communities about the service offerings and benefits of the Main Street Program. Associate level communities establish a relationship with existing Main Street communities, receive a select set of services, and are exposed to the national Main Street philosophy.

Associate Application
Main Street Oakland County Benefits and Requirements
Affiliate Level,

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) Affiliate Level is designed to educate local communities about the service offerings and benefits of the Main Street Program. Affiliate level communities establish a relationship with existing Main Street communities, receive a select set of services, and are exposed to the national Main Street philosophy.

Affiliate Application
Main Street Oakland County Benefits and Requirements

Select Level,

For a traditional historic downtown, the Select Level of the Oakland County Main Street Program offers the fullest benefits and resources.

It also asks for the highest level of dedication from its participating communities. These communities have the chance to be nationally recognized and qualify for National Main Street Program Accreditation.

Communities in the Select Level will be a part of a national network of Main Street communities. The network crosses the U.S., and there are many prestigious and highly regarded communities.

Main Street Oakland County Benefits and Requirements

Downtown Rochester Logo




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

Downtown Ferndale
Congratulations to Ferndale, Michigan

2010 Great American Main Street Award Winner

Main Street Reinvestment Success Statistics​​

Program Totals for 2001-2015

The following data summarizes the economic impact, activity and investment in Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) Select Level communities from 2001 through 2015. MSOC compiles the data annually and reports it to the National Main Street Center.

$706,501,619 in total new public and private investment in the MSOC downtowns based upon the following three categories:

  •  $134,041, 679 of DDA/TIF and Non-Profit Main Street investment spent directly on downtown redevelopment and Main Street Program Management (projects, management activities, committees, operations, staff)
  • $95,665,632 in public improvement dollars invested (streets, sidewalks, trees, sewer, water, parking and lighting) in addition to DDA and Non-Profit Main Street funded projects
  • $476,794,308 of private sector investment within the DDA and Non-Profit Main Street districts for new buildings, building rehabs and business improvements
    • 7,085 net new jobs created
    • 971 net new businesses established
    • 3,100,610 square feet of new floor space constructed
    • 340,202 volunteer hours invested in the organizational, promotions, design and economic restructuring (business development, recruitment and retention) committee work plan projects, tasks and activities by community residents, businesses and property owners
    • 4,471 special events held, including festivals and retail events
    • $9,579,259 in cash sponsorship received by the MSOC downtown Main


Program Totals for 2015

The following data summarizes the economic impact, activity and investment in Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) Select Level communities in 2015. MSOC compiles the data annually and reports it to the National Main Street Center.

$38,122,972 in total new public and private investment in the MSOC downtowns based upon the following three categories:

  • $4,001,643 of DDA/TIF and Non-Profit Main Street investment spent directly on downtown redevelopment and Main Street program management (projects, management activities, committees, operations, staff)
  • $8,092,418 in public improvement dollars invested (streets, sidewalks, trees, sewer, water, parking and lighting) in addition to DDA and Non-Profit Main Street funded projects
  • $26,028,911of private sector investment within the DDA and Non-Profit Main Street districts for new buildings, building rehabs and business improvements
    • 214 net new full time jobs created
    • 31 net new businesses established
    • 58,798 square feet of new floor space constructed
    • 8 new housing units built
    • 136 buildings rehabilitated
    • 52,134 volunteer hours invested in the organizational, promotions, design and economic restructuring (business development, recruitment and retention) committee work plan projects, tasks and activities by community residents, businesses and property owners
    • 367 special events held, including festivals and retail events
    • $437,060 in cash sponsorship received by the MSOC downtowns


Main Street Oakland County Mission Statement

To maximize the economic potential and to preserve the heritage and sense of place of Oakland County’s historic downtowns and commercial districts by encouraging and facilitating the use of the Main Street Four- Point Approach® that emphasizes comprehensive economic development within the context of historic preservation.


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