It was not until 1849 that a form of local government will be allowed with the election of a ruler and a relative autonomy. The rulers (from 1868) will be allowed to become mayors of the town, a title that for the following years will remain in Christian hands. The mayor could officially decide for public issues and had armed bodyguards. Despite the destruction, Naoussa will recover quickly.
The 198 people of Naoussa, which were pardoned, belonged to the most affluent families. Apart from the fields, they possessed 17 laboratories, 26 craft industries and 4 large carders. Thus, there was again the basis for economic development, especially in the manufacture of wool.
As a result, there was only a slight downturn in the economic activity of the town. But it experienced great economic growth (at the second half of the 19th century) by the development of spinning and textile factories, whose products are exported to Western Europe. In the early 20th century, Naoussa was probably the biggest industrial center of the Ottoman Empire.
Economic growth was not an obstacle to the effort for national recovery. During the Macedonian Struggle, a number of people of Naoussa were organized in the “Naoussa Center of Defence”. At the same time, greek guerrilla groups were operating in the region of Naoussa and the swamp of Giannitsa against Bulgarian propaganda.
A. Oikonomou, Naoussa. The place, the past and the present... Naoussa, 2005)