A Four-Point Approach

   Our Board of Directors

  Our Executive Director

 Our Most 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

Pat Cooney

Rody Holman
Payne West Insurance


Rhonda Cebulski
US Bank

Andrea McCormick

Tony DiFronzo
The Wine Sellar

Robin Busch
Butte Center for the Performing Arts

Helen Reynolds
Northwest Noodles 'N Wraps

Ray Campeau
Mainstope Gallery

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. Everett's path to Main Street includes publishing more than 100 stories on subjects related to Butte's history, business and travel that have appeared in a wide range of national and regional magazines and newspapers.

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 titled quite rightly
Butte Trivia that is in its third printing.

Also in 2007, Everett coordinated the successful effort to have Butte host the National Folk Festival in 2008-2010 -- the first time this national festival was held west of the Mississippi since the 1960s. As a result, in 2010, Butte was recognized by the Montana Toursim Advisory Council 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 asset for Butte through the planning and implementation of the successor event, the Montana Folk Festival July 8-10, 2011, the second presentation on July 13-15, 2012, the third on July 12-14, 2013 and the fourth presentation held in Butte on July 11-13, 2014. Plans are underway for the fifth Montana Folk Festival forJuly 10-12, 2015.

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, probably more structures than any other national historic landmark district in the country.

In his tenure as Executive Director since 2002, 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
Rick Chappel
John & Sharon Chebul
Mitzi & Jim Daily

Fran Doran & Neil Egan
Bob & Connie Everly
Gretchen Geller & Butch Gerbrandt
Kurt & Kim Krueger
Andrea & Jack McCormick
Sara Rowe


Butte Center for the Performing Arts
Butte Community Celebrations, LLC
Butte-Silver Bow Public Library
Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation
Butte-Silver Bow Public Library

Butte Symphony
Career Futures
Friends of the Butte Archives
Barbara Gregovich & Brice Boedecker
Brian Holland

Keith Kemble & Daniel Flanagan

Main Stope Gallery
National Affordable Housing Network

Dr. James & Meryl Patterson, Jr.
Paul Clark Family Home
Public Housing Authority of Butte
John & Susan Pullman
Rocky Mountain Insurance
Silver Bow Art
Tom Staples
The Dumas Brothel Museum
Western Montana Mental Health
World Museum of Mining


Advanced Dermatology of Butte
Air Exchange Oxygen

Arc Electric
Asterism Services
BCI Consulting, LLC
Bad Beaver Bikes
Bank of Butte
Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn

Bonanza Freeze

Books & Books
Broadway Cafe
Butte Academy of Beauty
Butte Broadcasting Co.
Butte Community FCU
Butte Frame Shop & Gallery
Butte Glass
Butte Jewelers/Buffalo Gallery
Butte Les Schwab Tire Center
Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce
Butte Weekly
CCCS, Inc.
Casagranda's Steakhouse
Comfort Inn of Butte
Communication Matters, LLC
Corette, Black, Carlson & Mickelson
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
Flawless Nail Salon & Medical Spa
Front Street Station
Gamer's Cafe and Casino

Glacier Bank
Greenfield Printers
Harrington Surgical Supply
Harrison Avenue Realty
HealthLink Physical Therapy
Hennessy Market
Hertz Rental
Hinick & Associates
Ingraham Environmental
Insty-Prints of Butte
Jade Hair Studio & Spa
Jail House Coffee & Gifts
Jim Gilman Excavating
Joyce, Johnston & MacDonald, PLLP
KWYB-TV/MAX Media of Montana


Marchie's Tree & Landscape Service

Mark Rule & Co.

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

Montana Sky Lodge
Mountain States Leasing
Mountain West FCU

Northwest Noodles 'N Wraps
Northwestern Energy

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

Paydirt Design
Payne West Insurance
Perkins Family Restaurant
Pioneer Technical Services

Pita Pit
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
Rudolph's Standard Furniture

St. James Healthcare

Second Edition Books
Soho Asian Cuisine
Sparky's Garage II
Staack's, Inc.
Steele's Furniture
Sullway Construction
Summit Valley Title
Sun Rental Center
Taco del Sol
The Butte Weekly
The Butte Depot
The Dublin Bar
The Montana Standard

The Wine Sellar & Photo
Thrivent Financial
Town Pump Charitable Foundation

Trademark Electric
Trimbo's Pizza
US Bank

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