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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 spirit of ...
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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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January 5, 2018 |  Main Street Now Conference: One More Week of Early Bird Rates | The early bird gets the...discount! Save $100 off conference registration with early bird rates through January 12. Join community changemakers from across the country at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference March 26-28 to learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. But don't delay—early bird rates expire in just one week! LEARN MORE > #Blogs #Announcements
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January 4, 2018 | Free Webinar Jan 9: Understanding the Historic Tax Credit Post Tax Reform We did it!!! Because of your advocacy—along with many mayors, local businesses, developers, architects, Main Street and local preservation organizations—the Historic Tax Credit was retained and signed into law last month. Consider joining the National Trust for Historic Preservation's free webinar next week and sharing this opportunity with others in your network to hear what changes were made to the credit, learn if there’s room for improvement and ask any questions you may have! Understanding the Historic Tax Credit Post Tax Reform Tuesday, January 9 1:00 ...
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December 22, 2018 | Happy Holidays from the National Main Street Center Team Happy Holidays from your National Main Street Center team! Our office will be closed December 25 and January 1. #Blogs
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December 20, 2017 |  Determined Advocacy Preserves the Historic Tax Credit! | By Shaw Sprague | Reposted from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Preservation Leadership Forum blog After more than five years of consistent advocacy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, together with our partners at the National Trust Community Investment Corporation and the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, is pleased to report that the 20 percent historic tax credit (HTC) has survived the most significant rewrite of the tax code in more than 30 years. Congress has confirmed once again that incentivizing the rehabilitation of our historic buildings makes ...
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December 20, 2017 | 2018 Main Street Now Conference | Give Yourself the Gift of Knowledge This year's Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, March 26-28, offers 100+ educational opportunities, all tailored to the needs of commercial district revitalization professionals. So why not give yourself the gift of knowledge this holiday season? You—and the community you serve—will benefit for years to come! Save $100 off registration with special early bird rates through January 12. #Blogs #Announcements
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December 19, 2017 | Main Street Spotlight | City Sidewalks, Dressed in Holiday Style | By Allie Jeka, Retailworks, Inc. The display designed for The Mini Classy combines graphic elements from the retailer’s latest clothing line, an iconic Milwaukee skyline, and mannequins decked in The Mini Classy’s newest collection of apparel. Photo credit: Eli Liebenow Too often, as we’re strolling our favorite Main Street, we pass empty or dark shop windows that make us want to hurry home a little bit faster. Imagine instead, a charming streetscape adorned with vibrant, lively window displays, showcasing retailers’ favorite products and seasonal gift ...
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December 18, 2017 | Tax Reform Update: Conference Committee Keeps Historic Tax Credit in Tax Reform Bill Dear Main Street Colleagues, Over the past few months as the tax reform process progressed, our network has demonstrated both its strength and its commitment to the preservation principles at the foundation of our work. Along with our staff and colleagues at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I am amazed by and grateful for your outpouring of support for the Historic Tax Credit (HTC). While the bill is not yet signed into law, I am pleased to report that the HTC has been retained in the final tax bill at its 20 percent rate . Previous drafts ...
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December 15, 2017 | Grants Now Available: African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund   The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a new initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation providing grants in the range from $50,000 to $150,000. These grants are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscape projects representing African-American cultural heritage through grants to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Action Fund supports projects focused on African-American cultural heritage, and can include: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, ...
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December 13, 2017 | Main Street America Institute: Winter/Spring 2018 Calendar The Main Street America Institute’s (MSAI) Winter/Spring 2018 online coursework calendar has been released!  Advanced Principles of Leadership Development | Jan. 16, 23 & 30 | 1:00 p.m. CT Effective leaders demonstrate a great ability to influence people towards a common goal. For commercial district revitalization professionals, this means bringing diverse stakeholders together in the pursuit of community transformation. Elevate your focus and skill set as a revitalization leader.  $275.00 member/$350.00 non-member REGISTER NOW > Advanced Principles ...
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December 13, 2017 | Announcing the Relaunch of Illinois Main Street with Grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation We are delighted to announce the relaunch of Illinois’s statewide Main Street initiative to reinvigorate local economies and support historic downtowns with funds provided by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in Chicago. In 2015, the Illinois Main Street Program, a 25-year-old state-funded program charged with overseeing Main Street revitalization efforts in the state, lost all state funding. With a three-year, $225,000 grant from the Driehaus Foundation, the National Main Street Center is relaunching the program, offering training, ...
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December 11, 2018 | Main Spotlight | 13 Things About Kansas City That Might Surprise You | By Missouri Main Street Connection To help you get ready for the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, we found a baker’s dozen of interesting things about KCMO. Is Kansas City in Missouri or Kansas? Yes. Kansas City straddles the state line, but the “original” KC is in Missouri and now encompasses some 320 square miles of metro area. Kansas City is a three-hour flight from either coast . Sitting smack-dab in the Heart of America, it’s accessible by plane, train, and automobile – even by boat. No meat is off limits in KC. More than ...
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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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