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August 22, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Main Street Spotlight | Photo credit: Project for Public Spaces From walkability and transportation connectivity, to access to nature and availability of fresh food, place is inextricably linked to achieving positive health outcomes in rural America. Less explored, though perhaps equally powerful, is the connection between creating healthy places and economic development in America’s small towns. This July 24-25, we hosted the Convergence of Health, Place, and the Economy in Denver, Colorado, with the Project for Public Spaces . This convening of nearly 50 of the country’s thought leaders from nonprofit ...
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August 17, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Community Spotlight Carbondale Main Street, established 1989, is located at a “sweet spot” for watching the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21—it’s just a few miles north of the point of greatest duration within the path of totality. NASA will be there streaming live, and Carbondale Main Street has a three-day musical festival, Shadow Fest , centered around the eclipse! Learn more about Carbondale . Have an eclipse photo you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.o
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August 10, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Community Spotlight Photo credit: Tonya Baumgartner  Beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower fountain through Main Street Paris's new Love Lock Fence . Purchase a lock in town, engrave your names, place the lock on the fence, throw away your key in the Eiffel Tower fountain, and forever seal your love in Paris! Learn more about Paris, Arkansas. Have a photo you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.org
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August 8, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Education session proposals for the 2018 Main Street Now Conference are due next week Wednesday, August 16. We encourage proposals that speak to one of our three major themes— Historic Preservation, Arts and Placemaking , and Entrepreneurship —as well as perennial Main Street revitalization topics. Learn more and submit your proposal > The 2018 Main Street Now Conference is March 26-28, in Kansas City, Missouri, with co-host Missouri Main Street Connection.
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August 8, 2017 | Kasey Drummond, Glenrock Main Street Director, Town of Glenrock | Main Street Spotlight Feature Article | New “Deliverance” mural in Glenrock, Wyoming. Credit: ARCY Glenrock, Wyoming’s (pop. 2,595) new large-scale murals — part photo-realism, part abstract paint splash — capture the past, present and future of the small town. Kasey Drummond, Glenrock Main Street Director, explains how they brought the acclaimed graffiti artist ARCY to their Main Street and explores the work he produced in three additional Wyoming communities on his summer tour. Artist Ryan Christenson, who goes by ARCY (a play on his initials), grew up ...
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August 4, 2017 | National Main Street Center | A community’s greatest asset is its people—community members, civic leaders, business owners, visitors, and more. Our new guide,   Community Engagement for Main Street Transformation , provides a practical framework for understanding how to launch or strengthen your community engagement efforts, and includes actionable tools to put to use in your own community. DOWNLOAD > This guide was made possible thanks to support from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
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August 4, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Downtown Wagoner, Okla.; Credit: Norma Ramírez de Miess Wagoner , an Oklahoma Main Street community, experienced a devastating fire over the weekend that destroyed a number of historic buildings downtown. Our thoughts are with the Wagoner community as they assess the damage and start recovery efforts. Read about Norma Ramírez de Miess, NMSC Senior Program Officer, and the Oklahoma Main Street Center’s post-fire visit . In light of this recent tragedy, we’ve done a quick roundup of disaster-related resources, including links to tips and information developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, ...
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July 28, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Network Spotlight | Photo Credit: Kitty Dougoud Main Street Coordinators (L to R) Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa; Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street; Beppie LeGrand, Main Street South Carolina; Tash Wisemiller, Montana Main Street; and Monica Miller, West Virginia, at this week’s two-day “Convergence of Health, Place, and the Economy” convening in Denver, Colorado. Have a photo you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.org .
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July 27, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Staff Spotlight | Katharine Hannaford recently joined the National Main Street Center team as the new Development Assistant in advance of Jodie Hiveley’s upcoming maternity leave. We look forward to having Katharine with us through the end of 2017! To learn more about Katharine check out her staff bio , or scroll down for a fun Staff Spotlight! Staff Spotlight: Katharine Hannaford Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Chicago, and currently live in Chicago. However, I went to college in Connecticut and have spent time living overseas, in Italy, Spain and Scotland. ...
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July 27, 2017 | MAIN STREET AMERICA INSTITUTE | Main Street America Institute curriculum is designed with your needs in mind. Our online courses, led by subject-area experts with on-the-ground experience, are offered in a flexible format with immediate applicability for your community. Advanced Fundamentals of Sustainable Organization II (August 8-22) Build skills to help your organization thrive, including: Creating an inclusive culture by understanding changing demographics and building relationships.   Developing a communications strategy, from identifying audiences to measuring impact. Envisioning and implementing a brand strategy ...
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July 25, 2017 |  John Leith-Tetrault, Public Policy Advisor, National Trust Community Investment Corporation | Main Spotlight Feature Article | Ellicott City Flood Recovery | The historic structures requiring stabilization -- they are missing the supporting wall and load bearing columns. Credit: Preservation Maryland / Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Both Houses of Congress have promised to produce draft legislation to overhaul the federal tax code in September 2017. On the table for possible elimination is the federal historic tax credit (HTC). As one strategy to meet this threat, legislators in both houses have introduced legislation, ...
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July 21, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Community Spotlight Photo credit: Karen Dye Newkirk , a small rural community in northern Oklahoma, joined the Oklahoma Main Street program back in 1992. Karen Dye, Newkirk Main Street's program manager, was inspired to “make downtown more fun and festive” with painted water meter covers after learning about the practice at a recent Main Street Now conference. Pictured above are design committee members Amy Lusk and Carolyn Kahle. Learn more about Newkirk . Have a photo you want to share? Email us at mainstreetnews@savingplaces.org
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July 19, 2017 | Main Street America Institute | 2017 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOP Join colleagues from across the country for this three-day interactive, intensive learning experience November 15 - 17, 2017. Strategic leadership of Main Street organizations requires in-depth knowledge of economic development tools and their implementation. One of the premier onsite learning experiences offered through the Main Street America Institute, the Community Transformation Workshop immerses downtown and commercial district leaders in the strategies, metrics, and applications of the refreshed Main Street Approach. Led by expert instructors from the ...
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July 18, 2017 | Dr. Ron Cook, distrx | Main Spotlight Feature Article |   For as long as man has walked the planet, we have continued to evolve. Through his research, Charles Darwin demonstrated what we all now know is a simple, logical principle. Whether we call it “natural selection” or “survival of the fittest,” one thing is certain: in order to survive and flourish, we must evolve and adapt. How has your Main Street evolved over the past several years?  How will it evolve and grow in the years ahead? Welcome to the digital age. Fortunately, over the past decade we have seen a more positive trend for Main Street America and a continuing revival ...
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July 14, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Community Spotlight | Photo credit: Patrice Frey Ridgefield Main Street is an energetic, up-and-coming Washington Main Street program located just north of Vancouver, Wash. Patrice Frey, NMSC President & CEO, snapped this photo of Frank Shuman, Board Secretary, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow and Stan Okinaka, of the City Planning Commission, on a recent visit. Learn more at ridgefieldmainstreet.com .
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July 14, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Earlier this week, we launched the new mainstreet.org . Our new site celebrates the energy and innovation of the Main Street America network in a fresh, user-friendly format that makes it easier than ever to find the solutions you need. Images are larger, content is mobile-optimized, and the branding is carried out across the entire site, helping to enhance the visibility of our collective work and brand.   We are particularly excited to debut the new member resource library , where you’ll easily be able to locate all our webinars, resources and publications including the Main Street handbooks, Main Street ...
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July 14, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Thanks to generous support from Edward Jones , the 10 selected Main Street America organizations will receive a $2,500 matching grant toward the implementation of “lighter, quicker, cheaper” placemaking projects. Participants in this program will be connected to the crowdfunding experts at ioby , who will share training materials and deliver customized one-on-one fundraising support. While fundr aising on ioby, donations to their campaigns will be doubled in real time, until the $2,500 cap in match funding is met. Peruse the projects, donate if you’d like, and most importantly, get inspired by these ...
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July 10, 2017 | Patrice Frey , President & CEO, National Main Street Center | Patrice tours Downtown Howell, Michigan, with Howell Main Street Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly, staff, and Howell Mayor Proctor. Lately, I’ve come across a few things — a podcast , a magazine article , and a series on a blog — that has me reflecting on a fundamental aspect of our work at Main Street: the power of small steps . When you think about it, the promise of the Main Street Approach is pretty audacious: sustainable, comprehensive transformation of a downtown or commercial district. But, the mechanism for achieving that change is quite simple. A series ...
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By Michigan Main Street Center | From Main Street Story of the Week | July 5, 2017 | In our last article — Michigan Main Street Refresh Implementation: Our Process and Lessons Learned So Far — we introduced the process we developed to implement the refreshed Main Street Approach in Michigan Main Street communities, as well as the lessons we learned as the first state-wide coordinating program to roll out the new approach in all 21 of our participating communities. We are still in the midst of taking our communities through our three-step Refresh Implementation Process and continue to see success in the way the refreshed Main Street Approach is being ...
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By National Main Street Center | From Main Street Story of the Week | June 16, 2017 | UPDATED August 16, 2017 At last month’s annual Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh, we announced that the national network of over 1,000 Main Street America programs reached a ten-year high for community reinvestment. In 2016, these communities reinvested $4.65 billion from public and private sources, created 5,616 new businesses, 27,462 new jobs and rehabilitated 8,042 buildings.* Download infographic. “Despite some media reports about the demise of Main Streets, many local business districts are thriving as a result of sound economic planning and ...
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