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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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November 1, 2017 | 2018 Main Street Now Conference | Registration Now Open 2018 Main Street Now Conference registration is now open! Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals in Kansas City, Missouri, March 26-28, for three exciting days of educational sessions, mobile workshops, special events, and plenty of opportunities to explore KC. Whether you hail from an urban business district, small rural downtown, or some place in between, find real solutions to common problems and techniques to position your community to thrive. Visit our 2018 conference page for registration rates, hotel information and access to the schedule ...
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October 31, 2017 | Main Spotlight | Main Streets in Action | National Main Street Center This month, we rolled out four new Main Street America videos highlighting the power of the Main Street movement, Main Street Approach, economic impact of Main Street, and the incredible volunteers that make Main Street's grassroots network so effective. They're short, succinct, and sharable—we hope you can use them to build the Main Street movement in your community! Here are just a few ways you can use the videos: Share on social media Embed on your website Show at community, board, city, and volunteer meetings Keep scrolling below for all four videos—plus ...
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October 27, 2017 | Announcement | Urgent: Retain Historic Tax Credit Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation For over 35 years, the federal historic tax credit has played a critical role in revitalizing small towns and cities, creating jobs, and increasing economic activity, all while returning more tax revenue to the Treasury than it costs. But despite this success, we are in danger of losing this powerful redevelopment tool. Republican lawmakers are close to finalizing tax reform legislation, but an outline meant to guide the legislative process failed to retain the historic tax credit. Listen to President Ronald Reagan’s own words on what ...
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October 27, 2017 | Announcement | Main Street Trends Survey Deadline Extended The 2017 Main Street Trends Survey deadline has been extended to November 3! This survey is an important tool for the Center, helping us understand the profile of those we serve. With a better handle on who you are and what you need, we can tailor our resources to better prepare you for the challenges ahead. This year, we will once again release a snapshot of the results that you will be able to use when communicating the value of Main Street, locally and nationally. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will close on Friday, November. Thanks for your time! ...
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October 25, 2017 | Announcement | Webinar Nov 15: How Main Street Retailers Can Compete Successfully in the Digital Age Register here: http://bit.ly/2yPAl64 #Announcements
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October 25, 2017 | Announcement | PastForward Preservation Conference: Virtual Attendance If you can't make it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s PastForward 2017 preservation conference next month (Nov. 14-17), join as a virtual attendee. Livestreaming at PastForward is FREE and can be done in the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office. The Opening Plenary and Closing Luncheon, as well as the TrustLive presentations focusing on preservation and health, technology, and creating vibrant, livable cities will be livestreamed. Sign up as a virtual attendee ! #Announcement
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October 25, 207 | Network Spotlight: Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week | by Terry Poe Buschkamp, Main Street Iowa Iowa is well known for the production of food. Our state is number one in the nation in corn, soybean, pork and egg production. (USDA, 2015); and home to 36 of the largest 100 food manufacturers/ processors. (Food Processing Magazine, 2015).  But what you may not know is that those same ingredients are used in the tasty dishes that are served in the mom-and-pop cafés or white tableclothed eateries that can be found in historic downtowns and Main Street districts across the state that feature the very best of the quality, variety and unique flavors ...
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October 25, 2017 | #VoteYourMainStreet through Oct 31 We're in the final week of Partners in Preservation: Main Streets ! Through October 31, help your favorite Main Street districts receive $2 million in American Express-funded grants by voting up to fives times daily at VoteYourMainStreet.org . On November 2, the sites with the most votes will be awarded grants for their restoration projects. VOTE NOW > Main Street America proudly joins the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, and National Geographic for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets . #Blogs #Announcement
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October 24, 2017 | Main Spotlight | Fab Lab Sparks Rural Opportunities | by Miranda Eastwood, FAB Creative Services Fab Lab ICC director Jim Correll helps a student create a project on the maker equipment. Located in southeast Kansas, Independence (pop.8,799) is home to Fab Lab ICC , which is on track to be the world’s leading innovator in combining entrepreneurial mindset education with a fab lab maker space. The opportunities and impact the Fab Lab has brought to this rural community and its entrepreneurs are immeasurable, but can be better understood through some of its success stories. What is a fab lab A fab lab (short for fabrication ...
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October 23, 2017 | Announcement | Is your membership login up-to-date? It's easy! Update your organizational account today and get ready to access members-only features Earlier this summer, we launched the new and improved mainstreet.org and membership database. On October 26, we will fully integrate these systems allowing you to seamlessly access your account information, member resources, and our enhanced Solution Center (launching later this year). This integration will also pave the way for a robust online member networking platform coming early 2018. Make sure you’re ready to access these features by setting up your member login information: 1. ...
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