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February 14, 2018 | Main Street America Institute | Advanced Principles of Effective Promotion (Starts March 6)  | It’s Valentine’s Day, and excuse us for gushing, but we think you’ll agree: we love downtowns, Main Streets, and commercial districts, from urban to rural, across the country. As a revitalization professional, you likely devote yourself to sharing your story through events and social media. But are you maximizing your impact? In the Main Street America Institute’s March course, Advanced Principles of Effective Promotion , harness the power of your community’s unique identity. In this three-week, online course, instructor Travis Brown ...
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February 13, 2018 | Main Street Spotlight | MILES: Placemaking Goes Mobile | By Jen Austin, Founder of  Small Town Legacies | As part of the  Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Challenge , Downtown Brattleboro created a pop-up, mobile mini-museum. Jen Austin of Small Town Legacies shares more about the MILES project and how it provides immersive literary experiences to undeserved areas of the region.  At the crack of dawn on a Friday morning, a trailer rolls down the street and maneuvers into a parking spot in the middle of Brattleboro’s Main Street. The sides of the unassuming trailer, proclaimed: “Lucy Speaks” and depicted an African American woman ...
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February 12, 2018 | Main Street Now Conference: Additional Hotel Options + Mobile Workshops |  Photo Credit: Dan White We're just six weeks away from the  2018 Main Street Now Conference ! The main conference hotel and overflow blocks are now full. You are welcome to contact the hotels directly to check whether rooms have become available. In the meantime, please find a list of alternative hotels located near conference headquarters here . Distance from each hotel to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Sheraton — 1.5 miles Hotel Phillips — 1 block Hilton President — 3 blocks Holiday Inn — 1 block Westin — 1.7 mi ...
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February 12, 2018 | Introducing the First & Main Blueprint | Dear Colleagues, Thank you again for your efforts to save the Historic Tax Credit! Your work was invaluable in communicating the value of Historic Tax Credits, activating leaders and, ultimately, moving the needle to retain the HTC. With the momentum we built as a network during the HTC campaign, I want to let you know of a new initiative spearheaded by our partners at  Smart Growth America , called First & Main. Produced with input from dozens of local elected leaders from across the country, the  First & Main Blueprint  is designed to  protect  federal programs that work ...
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February 7, 2018 | Main Street America Institute |  Advanced Principles of Economic Vitality (Starts Feb. 13) | Join the Main Street America Institute’s three-week online course  Advanced Principles of Economic Vitality  to build a solid foundation in economic development using localized data and assessment tools. Each week, Hilary Greenberg (Greenberg Development Services) will lead participants through tactical strategies for evaluation, planning, and business support to foster a thriving district. With over 30 years of experience in revitalization, Greenberg designed this course to focus on a wide-range of tools to help you strengthen your local economic ...
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February 7, 2018 | Applications for Illinois Main Street Now Open | In December, we announced the relaunch of the Illinois Main Street program , supported by funds provided by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation . Applications for the program are now open! All communities in Illinois are invited to apply. The new program will provide a robust set of services, a support network, and Main Street America certification for communities across the state. Thanks to new funding from the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation, Illinois communities can also take advantage of match funding to offset the cost of membership.  You can find the application packet ...
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February, 6, 2018 | Main Spotlight | Kansas City: BBQ Plus a Whole Lot More | By VisitKC | We’re excited to head to Kansas City, Mo. for the upcoming 2018 Main Street Now Conference and explore all that the city has to offer. KC has a dynamic food scene, from fusion restaurants, to food trucks and farm-to-table dinners, there is a place for every appetite and budget.  Kansas City is known for great barbecue–the dry rub kind of barbecue often compared to Texas or Memphis. There are a plethora of barbecue restaurants throughout the city and we highly recommend that you visit at least one during your conference visit from March 26-28. KC has emerged ...
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January 31, 2018 | Main Street Now Conference: Special events you do not want to miss |  The   2018 Main Street Now Conference  is just a couple of months away! We have some great sessions and events planned like the  Main Street Preservation Short Course  and the   Main Street 101   session on Sunday, March 25. After a day of learning, or if you’re just arriving to KC, make sure to join us Sunday evening at the   KC Welcome Cocktail Reception   at Union Station. If you’re an early morning runner, join the   Fun Run   on Monday, March 26. They promise to get you back in to clean up and attend the   Kick-Off General Session   with ...
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January 30, 2018 | Main Street America Institute | Leadership Development Workshop (March 24-25) | Build tools and strategies to connect, motivate, and lead people effectively at the 2018 Leadership Development Workshop  (March 24 – 25) in Kansas City, Mo. How do you balance self-management, teamwork, and leading your organization to transform your community? Join us at the 2018 Leadership Development Workshop to learn, reflect, and develop the answer with your peers from across the country. Participants will earn 12 AICP continuing education credits upon completion of the workshop.   Day 1: Leading from Within: From Style to Strategy | Instructor: ...
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January 25, 2018 | Community Spotlight: Ocean Springs Unveils New Logo | The  Ocean Springs Chamber Main Street  gave their logo and branding a fresh look incorporating their  2013 Great American Main Street Award  victory. The “ILoveOS” symbol includes a splash of color and their GAMSA title. Ocean Springs is the only community in Mississippi to win the highly coveted award. Promoting cultural tourism is at the core of Ocean Springs Chamber Main Street ’s revitalization efforts, and their arts economy flourishes with a wide variety of arts-related businesses, cultural events, and arts programming. We can't wait to announce the 2018 GAMSA winners ...
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January 24, 2018 | Chicago UrbanMain Applications Due March 5 | The National Main Street Center is pleased to announce a new opportunity for Chicago neighborhoods through the UrbanMain program. This new program will support commercial district revitalization efforts in Chicago neighborhoods, thanks to the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Download the Request for Proposal .  UrbanMain, launched in September 2017, was designed to support the needs of urban commercial districts in distressed neighborhoods through a suite of tailored technical services and a dynamic network to connect individuals leading local revitalization ...
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January 24, 2018 | Main Street America Institute | Build your Economic Vitality Toolbox | Is your Main Street program poised to lead economic development? Are you working with a complete toolbox, from business recruitment through succession planning?  The Main Street America Institute’s Advanced Principles of Economic Vitality will tackle these questions, giving participants a solid foundation in the role of a downtown and commercial district entity to support economic development using localized data and assessment tools. Hilary Greenberg, of Greenberg Development Services, will lead participants through tactical strategies for evaluation, planning, ...
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January, 23, 2018 | Main Spotlight | Main Street for the Ages: Engaging Youth and Seniors in Le Mars, Iowa | By Richard Ziettlow, Vice President, Main Street Le Mars | YoMS Banner Project on the historic Armory building in downtown Le Mars. History and architecture play an active role in educating and immersing the next generation of preservationists in Le Mars. From museum visits, scavenger hunts, to "show and tell," involving the youth and senior communities is a priority for this Main Street. In Le Mars, Iowa (population 9,826), Main Street and Historic Preservation programs are closely tied. In 2013, the Historic Preservation Commission members ...
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January 19, 2018 | Main Street Now Conference: Early bird rates expire at midnight! | Don't miss your chance to save $100 off Main Street Now Conference registration rates! The extended early bird period ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Main Street Now is a one-of-a-kind event, providing attendees with an opportunity to convene and learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. REGISTER NOW & SAVE $100> #Blogs #Announcements
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January 18, 2018 | Main Street America Institute | Registration Now Open for Advanced Principles of Effective Promotion (March 6-20) | The Main Street America Institute’s 2018 courses are online and underway! Register now for courses starting in February and March: Advanced Principles of Economic Vitality | Feb. 13, 20 & 27 | 1:00 p.m. CT How can your organization best position your commercial district program to catalyze the local economy? Let us show you the way! Join this course for the key tools to strengthen and diversify the local economic base. $275.00 member/$350.00 non-member REGISTER NOW > Advanced Principles of Effective ...
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January 16, 2018 | Main Spotlight | The Silicon Prairie: Entrepreneurship and the Arts in Kansas City | By Missouri Main Street Connection | Photo Credit: David Arbogast Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, are neighbors separated by a river but connected by a shared vision to create what some are calling the “Silicon Prairie” in the heart of the country. Kansas City has a long history of entrepreneurial spirit from cement tycoon and mob-boss Tom Pendergast, to more noteworthy entrepreneurs like Henry and Richard Bloch of H.R. Block, to the Dubinsky Brothers who purchased their first theater in downtown and started AMC Theaters. The ...
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January 12, 2018 | Main Street Now Conference: Early Bird Deadline Extended to January 19 | Due to the recent approval of select education sessions for American Planning Association (APA) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit, we are extending the 2018 Main Street Now Conference early bird deadline through Friday, January 19 , to allow those who were waiting on this confirmation to take advantage of the early bird rate. AIA Continuing Education Units coming soon! REGISTER NOW & SAVE $100 > #Blogs #Announcements
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January 10, 2018 | Main Street Now Conference | Overflow Room Blocks, APA CEUs + the Big Bash |   The 2018 Main Street Now Conference is just a few months away and hotel rooms are filling up fast! Our hotel block at the Marriott Downtown Kansas City has reached capacity, so we have added additional room blocks with special promotional rates reserved for conference attendees at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown located within walking distance of the Marriott. Overflow Hotel Information: Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown  1301 Wyandotte St Kansas City, MO 64105 Rates start at $169 . Book a room in our discounted block. Are ...
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January 9, 2018 | Main Street Spotlight | Creative Discovery on Enid, Oklahoma’s Maker Trail | By Kelly Tompkins, Main Street Enid You’ve heard of makerspaces, but what about a whole Maker Trail? This fall, as part of the Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Challenge , Main Street Enid created just that—a downtown-wide, multi-station event with creative, experiential activities. Kelly Tompkins of Main Street Enid shares more about the Maker Trail project and how it inspired creativity and helped people discover downtown. Learning through discovery gives us the problem-solving experience necessary to be creative and innovative thinkers. The ...
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January 8, 2018 | Main Street America Institute | First online course of 2018 launches January 16 | Implementing strategies to transform your district requires both effective management and inspired leadership. Can you recognize your strengths and opportunities for growth? Join us for the Main Street America Institute’s first online course of 2018, Advanced Principles of Leadership Development , beginning January 16. Throughout this three-week online course, commercial district revitalization professionals will consider the many forms of leadership, from management to strategy, to coalesce resources for revitalization. Click here for more information ...
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