Main Street News - October/Novemeber 2009 Vol. 265

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Working with the Highway DepartmentMain Street News Cover 2009-10/11

by Keith R. Tianen, AICP

A transportation agency's job is to move traffic quickly and safely. A Main Street program's job is to strengthen its commercial district. Both groups can meet their goals by working together to create safe pedestrian friendly districts. Perhaps your Main Street has a highway that runs through it, or maybe creating a slower two-lane Main Street with parking is a goal, or possibly a by-pass is being planned by your downtown - these are just some of the reasons why you need to know now how to work effectively with your transportation agency. Author Keith Tianen provides an A to Z primer on how to get results.

Student Volunteers: Leveraging Town-Gown Partnerships

by Kerri Benecke

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Downtown Association has been working with Central Washington University students on volunteer gigs and internships. This month we get a student's perspective on volunteering with a Main Street program and more than a dozen tips on ways you can work better with students.

Shop Talk: Five Steps to Reaching Your Goals

By Margie Johnson

With 2010 upon us, now is a great time for small business owners to set goals for their business, themselves, and their staff. Margie tells you how to make them happen.

Director's Column: United Nations of Main Street

by Doug Loescher

Did you know that Main Street revitalization doesn't just happen on US soil? It may have started here, but the four point approach has taken root in Canada, Tawian, Mexico, Belgium, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Great Britain. The director of the National Main Street Center signed an international agreement of mutual recognition for preservation-based economic development on both sides of the Atlantic. Learn more about our international reach.

Network Notes

by Andrea L. Dono

The Soul of the Community Study finds what people value the most about the places they live. On Web Watch: Twitter announces for online activism; Omeka offers free online exhibition software for non-IT types; Answers offers an online community for robust Q and A among entrepreneurs and business owners.