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Stephen Gilman

Program Director, Boston Main Streets

Stephen Gilman is the Program Director for the Boston Main Streets (BMS) program in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Established in 1995, BMS is the first multi-district urban Main Street program in the U.S., established as a collaborative effort with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He oversees the City of Boston’s 20 Main Street organizations, along with a staff of Neighborhood Business Managers. 
 
Steve’s history with Main Streets began in 1997, when he and a group of neighbors applied for Main Streets designation status of their commercial corridor and became the founding board of Washington Gateway Main Street in Boston’s South End.  A former small business owner, in 1999 he went to work for the City of Boston in small business development, and in 2000 became a Neighborhood Business Manager for Boston Main Streets. In 2008 he assumed the position of Program Director for the now almost 24-year-old citywide Boston Main Streets program.