Since the onset of the pandemic, Main Street programs have demonstrated the strength of hyperlocal, holistic business support systems. By supporting small businesses, Main Street programs retain local economic investment and create resilient communities. That’s why Main Street America is advocating to Congress to sustain and expand the essential work of Main Street leaders in every corner of the country. Specifically, we are advocating for a $100 million dollar competitive grant program to support Main Street programs through the Economic Development Administration in an upcoming stimulus package. Utilizing an existing national nonprofit network creates a bottom-up solution for local economic recovery.
For many Main Streets, there isn’t likely to be a speedy “return to normal”; the effects of the pandemic will create ongoing needs for small business and entrepreneur support, reconfiguration of public spaces and events, and strategic space development. As trusted advocates with deep knowledge about the local economic landscape, Main Street directors are uniquely able to connect businesses to the resources they need and broker creative solutions to spur recovery. Employing a holistic approach, Main Street programs are a sustainable, street-level solution to reviving the heart of communities.
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