Main Street America Institute

Main Street America Institute

Build your professional credentials, expand your capabilities and grow your professional network.


Take Your Skills to the Next Level

The professional field of downtown and commercial district management requires a very distinct set of skills and expertise. Today’s professionals must be subject matter experts, with skills and knowledge directly relevant to the multitude of challenges confronting 21st century commercial districts. They must also be outstanding leaders, with the ability to engage their community, build consensus among diverse stakeholders, and manage complex revitalization projects. The Main Street America Institute (MSAI) supports professionals in realizing these roles through a comprehensive set of learning opportunities that provide the tools and strategies needed to lead results-oriented revitalization efforts.

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  • Eligibility: The Main Street America Institute is open to all who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of preservation-based community transformation and leadership development.

  • Requirements: All workshops and online courses can be taken á la carte and there are no prerequisites. To receive credit toward certificate programs, participants will be required to pass an examination at the completion of each course.

  • Registration: Participants can register for all online courses and workshops here. Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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