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December 11, 2017 | Full Main Street Now Conference Session Details Now Available |   Peruse all the classroom sessions, mobile workshops, and special events in store for you in Kansas City, March 26-28, at eventmobi.com/mainstreetnow18 . With four special tracks and over educational 100 offerings, you will find real solutions for your community – whether you hail from an urban business district, small rural downtown, or some place in between! Don’t forget! Save $100 with early bird rates through January 12
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December 6, 2017 | Round Two: Cultivating Place on Main Crowdfunding Challenge is Online and Underway! | Announcement Thanks to generous support from Anne T. and Robert Bass, eight Main Street America organizations have been selected to participate in Round Two: Cultivating Place Crowdfunding Challenge , in partnership with ioby . This round of crowdfunding was available exclusively to Main Street communities in the states who participated in Round Two of the Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities training program: Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Michigan.   Each organization will receive a $3,400 matching grant ...
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December 5, 2017 | Main Spotlight | Transforming a Neglected Parking Lot in Metuchen, New Jersey | By Isaac D. Kremer, Executive Director, Metuchen Downtown Alliance The Metuchen Downtown Alliance created a cool, family-friendly public gathering space in “the worst looking spot in town” with the help of just $2,500 in Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Challenge matching grant funds--and lots of ingenuity and elbow grease. Here’s their story and valuable lessons learned. If I’ve learned no other lesson in my career, it would be to never underestimate the power of small bets to generate great returns for a downtown district. Through the National Main ...
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December 1, 2017 | Building Stronger Communities through the Arts | By Emily Wallrath Schmidt, National Main Street Center This article was originally posted on the National Center for Arts Research blog and is reposted here with permission. View original post . From the stage at Central City Fest in New Orleans Photo Credit: Victor Robinson; courtesy of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association Across the county, communities are embracing the arts as a catalyst for revitalization—of buildings, businesses, and local culture. In our Main Street America Network , we see small towns, big cities, and everywhere in between, ...
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December 1, 2017 | Conversation: Paving the Way for #Places4People with America Walks | Announcement   It takes all community members to help create safe, active, and healthy communities. T his December, we’ve joined America Walks in their month-long "Paving the Way" conversation to e xplore ways to get involved with creating places that put people first, including tactical urbanism, walking audits, placemaking events and more.  We hope you’ll join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Places4People. Stay tuned for more! #Blogs #Announcement
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November 29, 2017 | Two Leadership Development Opportunities in 2018 | Main Street America Institute Make 2018 the year you prioritize professional development with the Main Street America Institute! The holiday season brings retail events, downtown festivals, year-end administration…and the best intentions for the new year. In 2018, make those intentions a reality with professional development targeted to your needs as a commercial district revitalization professional. The Main Street America Institute (MSAI) is offering two opportunities focused on YOU and your ability to collaborate, connect, and create an effective revitalization team in 2018: ...
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November 29, 2017 | Community Spotlight: #ShopSmall in Goldsboro, North Carolina We love this Small Business Saturday promo pic from Downtown Goldsboro , North Carolina, showing all the folks who took the pledge support a small business in their community. Thanks to all who participated in Small Business Saturday as Neighborhood Champions. We hope the day was a success! Have a story you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.org ​ #Blog
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November 28, 2017 | Main Street Spotlight | 2017 Main Street America Network Trends Survey Results The results are in! Thanks to everyone who took the time to tell us about their organization and the exciting things going on in their Main Street district in the 2017 Main Street America Network Trends Survey . Your participation helps us serve you better. Click the image for a summary of some of the data collected, including information regarding staffing and funding. Survey results indicate that Main Streets are continuing to build strong partnerships, garner the support of local businesses, invest in façade improvements and streetscapes, ...
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November 28, 2017 | It's #GivingTuesday | Announcement This Giving Tuesday , support the Main Street Movement to help breathe new life into the places people call home. This powerful movement of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders are making a difference in small towns, mid-sized cities and urban areas across the country. Support Main Streets across America through a gift to the National Main Street Center: http://bit.ly/2AccpL1 Find a local Main Street America program to support: http://bit.ly/2nefhlV ​ #Blogs #Announcements
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November 20, 2017 | Small Business Saturday is Almost Here! In honor of Small Business Saturday, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways that the Main Street America network is celebrating the day! BINGO! Downtown Partners in Sioux City, Iowa, teamed up with 20 downtown businesses to organize a game of # SmallBizSat BINGO. For more info on the rules, or to download the card visit http://bit.ly/SmallBizSatBingo   As way to spread even more # ShopSmall holiday cheer, Hamilton District Main Street Program (Allentown, PA) is offering FREE PARKING on Small Business Saturday! See their post on Facebook for all the details.  ...
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November 16, 2017 | Sample Local Historic Tax Credit Resolutions + Template Thank you for all the important advocacy work your communities have been doing in support of the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). Here are two sample city council resolutions affirming support of the HTC program from Washington and Sioux City, Iowa, as well as template for creating your own: Sioux City, Iowa’s City Resolution in Support of HTC Washington, Iowa’s Resolution Affirming Support of the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program Local Resolution Sample Template Consider adding a section for state impact as these examples do. When communicating ...
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November 15, 2017 | Jean Barrette is Nevada Main Street’s New Coordinator | We’re pleased to welcome Jean Barrette , Nevada Main Street’s new Coordinator! In addition to overseeing the Main Street Program, Jean serves as the Program Administrator for the CDBG Program in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to working for the State of Nevada, Jean served as Program Specialist for the Emergency Solutions Program and the Continuum of Care for the State of Nebraska.  She also worked in the non-profit sector in the capacities of Grants Coordinator and Director.  Before entering the non-profit and public sectors, Jean had a career with a ...
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November 14, 2017 | Main Spotlight | The Spirit of Innovation: Arts and Entrepreneurship Breathe New Life into Kansas City | By Donnie Rodgers, Jr., Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street The Kansas City story is one of inspiration and big ideas. We invite you to visit in March and experience this inspiration firsthand. Experience the creative crossroads of America where citizens have embraced the arts and entrepreneurship to help breathe new life into old spaces. Kansas City has reclaimed and re-envisioned much of its urban core. The arts were a driving force that took hold in the Crossroads Arts District, creating at first a destination for artists and ...
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November 9, 2017 | Network Spotlight: The Power of the Network: Main Streets Raise Money to Help Hurricane-Affected Communities in Texas In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Main Street merchants in two communities in Michigan and Kentucky, as well as a fellow Texas Main Street community, jumped in to help their Texas colleagues. Cuero , a Texas Main Street community located only 2.5 hours from hard-hit Houston, experienced major storm damage, including flooding in a number businesses. In La Grange , the Colorado River, located just blocks from the Courthouse Square Historic District, crested at the third highest level ever recorded . Miraculously, the ...
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November 9, 2017 | Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Grant Winners: Seguin Main Street (Texas) and the Downtown Oregon City Association (Oregon) Congratulations to Seguin Main Street in Seguin, Texas, and the Downtown Oregon City Association in Oregon City, Oregon, the recipients of the Main Street Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Grant ! This grant program provides for an innovative, economic vitality-driven approach to foster the launch and growth of local entrepreneurs. Each of these programs will receive technical assistance from National Main Street Center staff and a matching grant of up to $2,000 to host a pop-retail event or start-up contest. Thank you to ...
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November 7, 2017 | Main Street Spotlight | Using Local Search Trends to Attract More Customers to Your Main Street | By Caroline Brady, Pointy Each day more and more people are finding everything from restaurants and store details to products and services by conducting local searches on the likes of Google and Bing. In 2016 the number of local searches actually surpassed searches for the weather on Google! This increase in local searches could be a hugely positive trend for Main Street retailers as it highlights the proximity advantage they have over online giants. In an age of instant gratification, Main Street stores can actually beat e-commerce ...
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November 3, 2017 | #Walk2theFuture: The Future is Walking Twitter Chat is Nov 14 Join us and other co-hosts November 14 (12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET) for a Twitter chat discussing ways to support a walkable future for all communities. Follow along with  #Walk2theFuture. #Announceme
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November 3, 2010 | Network Spotlight | Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Crowdfunding Challenge Through the Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Crowdfunding Challenge , the National Main Street Center and Edward Jones awarded 10 Main Street America programs $2,500 each in match funds to implement their lighter, quicker, cheaper -type placemaking projects. Selected participants worked closely with crowdfunding experts at ioby , engaging new partners, raising funds within their communities, and activating underused public spaces. Edward Jones generously supported the match funding, and the local Edward Jones financial advisors engaged directly in the projects’ ...
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November 3, 2017 | Urgent Action Needed: HTC Eliminated | Patrice Frey, President and CEO Dear Main Street Colleagues, Two weeks ago, I wrote to you with a call to action: urge your members of Congress to keep the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) in the tax code. Despite the ardent advocacy work of Main Streeters and preservationists across the county, the House Tax Reform bill released yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee has eliminated the HTC. We know that the Historic Tax Credit has a proven track record of creating jobs, spurring private investment, and generating fiscal revenue. While the Tax Reform bill is intended to stimulate economic ...
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November 2, 2017 | Announcing the Winners of Partners in Preservation: Main Streets After 37 days and over 920,00 votes, the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign has come to a close! Congratulations to the 11 winning sites, determined by popular vote, who will receive a share of the $1.5 million total in grants to fund their respective preservation projects: Philadelphia, PA : Open Doors in Germantown Casa Grande, AZ : Light Up the Night in Casa Grande Los Angeles, CA : Stage a Comeback in WeHo West Des Moines, IA : Light the Lyric in Historic Valley Junction Greensboro, NC : Save a Seat in Greensboro Las Vegas, NM ...
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