Venice MainStreet is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, founded in 1987. Venice MainStreet is united with over 1,000 Main Street organizations across the United States. It is an accredited member of the National Main Street Organization, Main Street America, and the Florida Main Street Organization. Main Street organizations started in the 1980s when commercial shopping malls became a threat to our downtown shopping districts. All Main Street organizations work in a historic downtown through a four point approach. These four points are historic preservation, economic development, beautification, and promotion.