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September 20, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Announcing Round 2: Cultivating Place on Main Crowdfunding Challenge | In 2017,   the  National Main Street Center (NMSC)  and  Project for Public Spaces (PPS)  presented Round 2 of  Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities , a series of two-day trainings aimed at helping Main Street communities revitalize their downtowns using placemaking--a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places. Round 2 was delivered to Main Street communities from Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Michigan.   Round 2: Cultivating Place on Main Crowdfunding ...
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September 19, 2017 | Main Spotlight | We Invite You to Our Home – Missouri | by Bobbie Mills and Katelyn Brotherton, Missouri Main Street Connection | We Invite You to Our Home – Missouri Main Street Now Conference Comes to Missouri Kansas City Skyline | Photo credit: Zach Werner Flickr CC We are excited to co-host the Main Street Now Conference with the National Main Street Center in 2018 for you and showcase the best that Kansas City and Missouri Main Streets have to offer. There is more to Missouri than what you may have heard, but don’t worry because we’ll give you the scoop. We are the Show Me State, you know! So, let us SHOW you a little ...
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September 15, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your resiliency and resolve is an inspiration to the entire Main Street America community. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound, with recovery efforts underway. Kathy La Plante will be hosting a conference call at a date and time TBD for communities affected by the hurricanes to share ideas on best practices in disaster recovery and share resources available to assist with recovery efforts. The Center will send an announcement as soon as a date and time have been established. (In the meantime, please check out our ...
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September 15, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Member Announcement | Grant Opportunity The National Main Street Center (NMSC), with the support of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Mr. Chris Wilson, is pleased to announce a new grant program to support the development of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems on Main Street. This program will provide an innovative, economic vitality-driven approach to two Main Street America communities to create a more robust support system to foster the launch and growth of entrepreneurs aligned to your commercial district’s Transformation Strategies. Each community will receive technical assistance for strategic ...
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September 14, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Main Street Spotlight | Introducing UrbanMain UrbanMain , a new program from the National Main Street Center, brings many of the proven tools and techniques of Main Street America to older and historic commercial districts in urban areas. “UrbanMain was created to provide our urban districts greater flexibility in how they use the Center’s services and provides support for issues, like gentrification or security, that may not be needed by our traditional Main Street America network.” said Dionne Baux, the Center’s Director of Urban Programs. Building on our history of working with programs from Boston ...
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September 11, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Form-Based Codes Institute Form-Based Codes are the regulatory framework for recreating vibrant walkable, mixed-use downtowns and urban neighborhoods.  This fall, the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) is holding its inaugural FBCI FORUM in the Washington, D.C. area, October 11 & 12.  Be a part of this new event where planners, elected officials, urban designers, developers, citizen leaders and other placemaking practitioners and advocates can learn how communities across the country are using form-based zoning codes to create great places, preserve historic neighborhoods and transform suburban commercial ...
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September 7, 2017 | National Main Street Center | 2018 Main Street Now Conference Registration Opens November 1 Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals in Kansas City at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference , March 26-28, for three exciting days of educational sessions, mobile workshops, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things Kansas City and the surrounding area has to offer. Conference registration opens November 1 . Learn more!
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September 7, 2017 | Community Spotlight | Main Street Guymon’s Football Families | By Melyn Johnson, Main Street Guymon Oklahoma's Main Street Guymon Director Melyn Johnson found more than just an innovative way to engage nearby college students in Main Street activities. The Football Family program she created enriches the lives of students and community members, building relationships that will last a lifetime. Main Street Guymon Director Melyn Johnson became friends with Neptune Joseph, a student and football player at the nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU), one day at a basketball game. Soon Neptune was attending church with Melyn ...
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September 7, 2017 | National Main Street Center | The National Main Street Center is pleased to welcome Patrick McMahon as the new CEO for the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC). Patrick started with CMSC on August 21. Prior to CMSC, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Suffield, and has previously worked in economic development in the towns of Windsor and Windsor Locks. Patrick is passionate about Main Street revitalization and community development, and is very familiar with CMSC through participation in its member community network. Patrick also worked closely with CMSC as an integral member of a coalition that secured ...
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September 1, 2017 | National Main Street Center | This week, we revealed the ten 2018 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) semi-finalists on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram . It’s easily our favorite week of the year—what these Main Street America communities have accomplished through hard work, creativity, and dedication to putting the Main Street Approach into action is nothing short of incredible . “The Great American Main Street Award is the highest recognition given out by the National Main Street Center.” said Patrice Frey, the National Main Street Center’s President and CEO.  “Each year, we look forward to celebrating the ...
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August 31, 2017 | Community Spotlight | Main Street Hanford, California | Earlier this month, Main Street Hanford hosted a special Lemoore Naval Air Station Appreciation Night at their weekly Thursday Night Market Place. The event—which involves approximately 100 vendors, include some Main Street businesses—draws 3,000-4,000 people downtown. Squadron VFA97 Warhawks were there with their families and the community was able to meet them and thank them for their service. A highlight from the evening was the twin fighter jet flyover— watch it on Main Street Hanford’s Facebook page. Would you like to have your community featured? Email us at ...
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August 28, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Get ready! The 2018 Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist announcements begin TODAY... Semi-finalists, selected by a national jury of community development professionals and representatives of government agencies involved in economic development and historic preservation, exemplify the power of the Main Street Approach® to transform traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts. We'll announce all 10 on   Facebook , Twitter and Instagram over the course of the week! Follow along with # GAMSA2018 The 2018 Great American Main Street Awards are generously sponsored by U.S. ...
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August 23, 2017 | Community Spotlight | Morganton, North Carolina The craft beer industry is playing a key role in the rebirth of Main Streets and neighborhood commercial districts across the county. This month's issue of BeerAdvocate magazine features three Main Street America communities—Morganton, N.C., Danville, Va. & Mount Airy, N.C.—in it's cover article on the "economic allure of brewing" for small towns. Read on for a great summation of the impact Fonta Flora Brewery has made on downtown Morganton from the Morganton Downtown Development Association and the City of Morganton. Cover photo (right) courtesy of BeerAdvocate Magazine. ...
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August 22, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Main Street Spotlight | Photo credit: Project for Public Spaces From walkability and transportation connectivity, to access to nature and availability of fresh food, place is inextricably linked to achieving positive health outcomes in rural America. Less explored, though perhaps equally powerful, is the connection between creating healthy places and economic development in America’s small towns. This July 24-25, we hosted the Convergence of Health, Place, and the Economy in Denver, Colorado, with the Project for Public Spaces . This convening of nearly 50 of the country’s thought leaders from nonprofit ...
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August 17, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Community Spotlight Carbondale Main Street, established 1989, is located at a “sweet spot” for watching the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21—it’s just a few miles north of the point of greatest duration within the path of totality. NASA will be there streaming live, and Carbondale Main Street has a three-day musical festival, Shadow Fest , centered around the eclipse! Learn more about Carbondale . Have an eclipse photo you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.o
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August 10, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Community Spotlight Photo credit: Tonya Baumgartner  Beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower fountain through Main Street Paris's new Love Lock Fence . Purchase a lock in town, engrave your names, place the lock on the fence, throw away your key in the Eiffel Tower fountain, and forever seal your love in Paris! Learn more about Paris, Arkansas. Have a photo you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.org
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August 8, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Education session proposals for the 2018 Main Street Now Conference are due next week Wednesday, August 16. We encourage proposals that speak to one of our three major themes— Historic Preservation, Arts and Placemaking , and Entrepreneurship —as well as perennial Main Street revitalization topics. Learn more and submit your proposal > The 2018 Main Street Now Conference is March 26-28, in Kansas City, Missouri, with co-host Missouri Main Street Connection.
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August 8, 2017 | Kasey Drummond, Glenrock Main Street Director, Town of Glenrock | Main Street Spotlight Feature Article | New “Deliverance” mural in Glenrock, Wyoming. Credit: ARCY Glenrock, Wyoming’s (pop. 2,595) new large-scale murals — part photo-realism, part abstract paint splash — capture the past, present and future of the small town. Kasey Drummond, Glenrock Main Street Director, explains how they brought the acclaimed graffiti artist ARCY to their Main Street and explores the work he produced in three additional Wyoming communities on his summer tour. Artist Ryan Christenson, who goes by ARCY (a play on his initials), grew up ...
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August 4, 2017 | National Main Street Center | A community’s greatest asset is its people—community members, civic leaders, business owners, visitors, and more. Our new guide,   Community Engagement for Main Street Transformation , provides a practical framework for understanding how to launch or strengthen your community engagement efforts, and includes actionable tools to put to use in your own community. DOWNLOAD > This guide was made possible thanks to support from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
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August 4, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Downtown Wagoner, Okla.; Credit: Norma Ramírez de Miess Wagoner , an Oklahoma Main Street community, experienced a devastating fire over the weekend that destroyed a number of historic buildings downtown. Our thoughts are with the Wagoner community as they assess the damage and start recovery efforts. Read about Norma Ramírez de Miess, NMSC Senior Program Officer, and the Oklahoma Main Street Center’s post-fire visit . In light of this recent tragedy, we’ve done a quick roundup of disaster-related resources, including links to tips and information developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, ...
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