The concept of "Main Streets in 3D" was simple; a contest would be held among local Main Street programs where they would outline a vision for how their downtown would leverage a digital model. Five towns would be selected to receive a full day of training to develop 3D models of their downtown using SketchUp and Google Earth.
Despite the different goals, all five winners shared a common vision to use their Main Streets in 3D projects to attract entrepreneurs, jobs, investors, and visitors to their towns. Models such as below from Oregon City are beginning to appear in Google Earth.
All five communities will deliver a report on their progress at the National Main Streets conference in May 2011.