Courses and Schedule

Courses & Schedule

MSAI engages, prepares, and connects participants through online and onsite educational and networking components.


Online Learning

The Main Street America Institute provides participants with live and On-Demand formats for online learning, creating opportunities for both engagement and convenience.

The 2023 MSAI Course Calendar is Now Live!
Advanced Principles Courses begin January 2023, Topics Courses are available On-Demand anytime. Keep reading and click the buttons below to learn more, register, and build your skillset.

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Advanced Principles Courses

Advanced Principles Courses are three-week, live online courses that offer a thorough overview of the subject area relative to its implementation as an essential element of the Main Street Approach. Each week features 1.5-hour online course with pre-readings, assignments/quizzes, and interaction with peers. While live participation is highly encouraged, recordings are available for those with scheduling conflicts.

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Topics Courses

Topics Courses take a deep dive into a specific sub-area of the Main Street Approach, focusing on current trends and best practices and expanding on ideas presented in Advanced Principles courses. These On-Demand online programs allow flexibility for participants and choice of coursework to meet specific needs. Each course includes three webinars supplemented with readings, case studies, and quizzes.

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In-Person Workshops

We offer two intensive, multiple-day experiences filled with educational sessions and exercises aimed to equip participants with advanced tools and strategies and the opportunity to interact and connect with peers.



Additional Training Opportunity

Historic Real Estate Finance
The Main Street America Institute, with the generous support of The 1772 Foundation, is pleased to offer the National Development Council’s Historic Real Estate Finance Certification series to Main Street professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge of and participation in real estate development transactions, particularly in the utilization of Historic Tax Credits. Participants in this two-course training program will be equipped with the real estate finance and development techniques needed to accomplish Main Street revitalization and preservation goals.

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Certificate Programs

MSAI offers two distinct certificate programs, culminating in the Main Street America Revitalization Professional credential, the highest credential achievable through MSAI.


Policies & Pricing

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We are here to help! To learn more about how MSAI can support your professional development, please contact us at or 312.610.5611.

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