A Four-Point Approach

   Our Board of Directors

  Our Executive Director

 Our Wise & Righteous Members

Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit program incorporated in June 1999 and affiliated with The National Main Street Center. and the Montana State Main Street program. In 2000, the Butte Uptown Association, representing Uptown merchants since 1970, merged with Mainstreet Uptown Butte.

In 1977, in response to the flight of businesses from historic town centers, the
National Trust for Historic Preservation created pilot Main Street programs to use historic preservation as an economic development tool. Since then, the approach has proven successful in small towns and urban neighborhoods from Washington State to New York City. The program has a track record in more than 1,200 communities across the country.

The key to the success of the Main Street program is that community revitalization does not rely on any one action, be it an anchor store, a new streetscape, or that one special event that will draw thousands of visitors.  The program uses a sustained approach guided by four major points to guide preservation and economic rejuvenation efforts.

The Main Street approach to downtown (or Uptown as the case may be) revitalization is based on four major points: Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Restructuring.

DESIGN focuses on enhancing the physical appearance of buildings, streetlights, window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, promotional materials and other elements that convey a visual message about Uptown Butte.

involves marketing Uptown's most attractive qualities to shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists and others. Effective promotion creates a positive image through retail promotional activity, special events and ongoing programs to build positive perceptions of the district.

is the work of building a consensus and cooperation among the stakeholders in the district. Many individuals and organizations in the community have a stake in the district's economic viability:


Local Industries

Property Owners

Civic Groups

County Officials

Historians and Preservationists



Butte Residents



Real Estate Agents

Chamber of Commerce

Local Media

strengthens the existing economic base while diversifying it. Our economic restructuring goals are to help existing Uptown businesses expand, recruit new businesses to augment the existing business base, convert unused space into productive properties, and enhance the competitiveness of Uptown merchants.

By strengthening the Uptown's economy, communities are able to support ongoing use of historic commercial buildings, preserving unique community assets.

The comprehensive nature of Main Street's approach is the key to its success. By integrating the four areas into a practical management strategy, the Main Street approach produces fundamental changes in the economic base, putting historic commercial buildings to productive use again.

Mainstreet Uptown Butte's Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance for Butte's Main Street program.  The board of directors includes community volunteers with expertise in economic development, design, promotions and fund-raising.  Other directors are small business owners and understand the challenges facing independent businesses.

Tom Staples

Selina Pankovich
M&M Bar and Cafe

Rody Holman
Payne West Insurance


Cassie Wick
5518 Designs

Andrea McCormick

Ray Campeau
Mainstope Gallery

Rhonda Cebulski
US Bank
Pat Cooney

The Executive Director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte works with businesses and community residents to promote Uptown Butte as an attractive, enjoyable and safe place to do business, implement small improvement projects, coordinate special events and administer the routine operations of the organization.

Mainstreet Uptown Butte's Executive Director is George Everett.
In 2002, Everett successfully nominated Butte to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to be listed as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations to encourage travelers with an interest in cultural tourism to plan a visit. In August 2007, he wrote a book about Butte trivia, Butte Trivia.

Also in 2007, Everett coordinated the successful effort to have Butte host the National Folk Festival in 2008-2010. As a result, in 2010, Butte was recognized by the Montana Department of Commerce as the Montana Tourism Community of the Year and the National Folk Festival was recognized as the Tourism Event of the Year for 2009. Everett continues to lead Mainstreet to develop this cultural and economic asset for Butte through the planning and implementation of the successor event, the Montana Folk Festival since 2011. Plans are now underway for the tenth Montana Folk Festival July 10-12, 2020.

Everett is responsible for implementing Butte's Main Street program to take advantage of historic buildings and other resources to stimulate the local economy by creative reuse of the built environment. Butte has great potential to benefit from the program's resources and experience around the country. Butte has more than 4,000 historic buildings in its historic zone, possibly more structures than any other national historic landmark district in the country.

In his tenure as Executive Director, Everett has helped facilitate the lighting of eight headframes, the planting of nearly 1,200 new street trees, and the painting of more than 35 historical facades in Uptown Butte through Mainstreet's High Impact Paint Program.

Individual/Family Members

Brad & Francene Archibald
Don & Vicki Blackketter
John & Sharon Chebul

Fran Doran & Neil Egan

Bob & Connie Everly
Gretchen Geller & Butch Gerbrandt
Shirley Groff
Kurt & Kim Krueger
Thomas Nance


Butte America Foundation
Butte Center for the Performing Arts

Butte-Silver Bow Public Library
Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation
Career Futures
Friends of the Butte Archives
Barbara Gregovich & Brice Boedecker
Bart Wackerbarth
Brian Holland

Main Stope Gallery

National Affordable Housing Network
Andrea & Jack McCormick
Dr. James & Meryl Patterson, Jr.
Public Housing Authority of Butte
John & Susan Pullman
Helen & John Reynolds
Silver Bow Art
Tom Staples

Western Montana Mental Health
World Museum of Mining


Advanced Dermatology of Butte
Air Exchange Oxygen

Arc Electric
BCI Consulting, LLC
Bank of Butte
Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn

Bonanza Freeze

Books & Books
Boyd Taylor, CPA
Broadway Cafe
Butte Academy of Beauty
Butte Broadcasting Co.
Butte Community FCU
Butte Frame Shop & Gallery
Butte Glass
Butte Les Schwab Tire Center
Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce
CCCS, Inc.
Casagranda's Steakhouse
Comfort Inn of Butte
Communication Matters, LLC
Corette, Black, Carlson & Mickelson, PC
D.A. Davidson & Co.
Dancing Rainbow Natural Grocery
Daniel Insurance Agency
Driscoll Drug
East Ridge Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Empire Office Machines
Express Employment Professionals

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Finlen Hotel

First Montana Bank
Front Street Station
Gamer's Cafe and Casino

Glacier Bank
Greenfield Printers
Harrington Surgical Supply
Harrison Avenue Realty
Headframe Spirits
HealthLink Physical Therapy
Hertz Rental
Hinick & Associates

Insty-Prints of Butte

Jim Gilman Excavating

M&M Bar and Cafe
Management Consultants, Inc.
Marchie's Tree & Landscape Service

Mark Rule & Co.
Metals Sports Bar & Grill
Miller Shoe Co.
Mirror Mirror Boutique
Montana Abstract & Title Co.
Montana Broom & Brush
Montana Precision Castings

Mountain States Leasing
Mountain West FCU

Northwestern Energy

Old Butte Historical Adventures
Pacific Steel & Recycling
Park Street Liquors
Paula's Curiosity Shoppe

Paydirt Design
Payne West Insurance
Pioneer Technical Services

Pita Pit
Pit Printers
Dr. Keith J. Popovich
Pork Chop John's
Quarry Brewing Co.

Quilici Glass, LLC
R&R Electric
RD's Party Shop
Riley's Meats
Rocky Mountain ATMs
Rocky Mountain Insurance

St. James Healthcare

Second Edition Books
Soho Asian Cuisine
Sparky's Garage II
Staack's, Inc.
Steele's Furniture
Summit Valley Title
Taco del Sol

The Dublin Bar
The Montana Standard

Town Pump Charitable Foundation

Trademark Electric
Two Bean Quilts
US Bank

Uptown Café
Vu Villa
Water & Environmental Technologies
Wein's Men's Store
Western States Insurance
Whitehead's Cutlery
Zip Beverage