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October 20, 2017 | Patrice Frey, President & CEO | Call to Action: Urge Congress to keep the Historic Tax Credit Dear Main Street colleagues, More than 30 years ago, our Main Street communities came together to help save the federal Historic Tax Credit during the tax reform process. As they say, there is strength in numbers. We prevailed…and the Historic Tax Credit has since helped rehabilitate over 42,293 buildings and revitalize so many of our communities. We must now come together once again to ensure the next 30 years produces similar results. Main Street communities must band together to show our strength and make our voices heard in Washington.  ...
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October 19, 2017 | Community Spotlight: Main Street Selma’s Jeffrey the Ghost Project Last year, Main Street  Selma created the Jeffrey the Ghost Project to honor the late Kathryn Tucker Windham, a celebrated author, folklorist, and Selma resident. Inspired by Windham’s beloved 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, Main Street Selma commissioned world-renowned folk artist Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas to create a sculpture of Jeffrey the Ghost. Lucas built a two-sided piece from Windham’s old washing machine, using the white exterior of the washer to evoke a white-sheeted ghost, and the metal inside to create an abstract ghost. Throughout October 2016, ...
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October 19, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Welcome to Nevada Main Street & Peter Wallish We are pleased to welcome Nevada Main Street as the newest Main Street America Coordinating Program, and Peter Wallish as the program’s first director! Nevada’s governor signed the bill creating a Nevada Main Street Program within the Office of Economic Development in June. In addition to overseeing the Main Street program, Peter is also the Director of Rural Community and Economic Development for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Before joining the GOED, Peter served as the Redevelopment Manager for the City of El Paso, Texas. ...
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October 19, 2017 | National Main Street Center | DEADLINE EXTENDED for Round 2: Cultivating Place on Main Crowdfunding Challenge | The deadline to submit applications for Round 2: Cultivating Place on Main Crowdfunding Challenge has been extended to Monday, October 23 . Read below for more details and how to apply. In 2017,   the  National Main Street Center (NMSC)  and  Project for Public Spaces (PPS)  presented Round 2 of  Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities , a series of two-day trainings aimed at helping Main Street communities revitalize their downtowns using placemaking--a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns ...
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October 19, 2017 | NTHP Policy Webinar: Historic Tax Credit Threatened Thursday, November 2, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (CT) Recent guidance to the House and Senate tax writing committees drafting tax reform legislation envisions repeal of all business credits, including the historic tax credit. However, it does explicitly preserve the business credits in two areas where leaders believe tax incentives have proven effective: research and development (R&D) and low-income housing. Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s webinar to hear what you—and your Members of Congress—can do to help preserve the Historic Tax Credit during this intense legislative ...
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October 18, 2017 | Green Heart Town Podcasts Featuring Patrice Frey | Patrice Frey, National Main Street Center President & CEO, was recently featured in two Green Heart Town podcast episodes with Larry Lucas on sustainable historic preservation and Main Street America! Click the links below for more details and to listen to the full podcast episodes. Refreshing Main Street America with Patrice Frey (Podcast) Green Historic Preservation with Patrice Frey (Podcast) #Blo
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October 17, 2017 | Main Spotlight | 5 Tips for Main Street Marketing | By Tourism Currents Photo Credit: Sheila Scarborough We have Main Street on the brain. Who wouldn’t be excited about something that helps towns and city neighborhoods thrive? The big, annual Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh finished a few months ago, and we're so excited about March 2018 in Kansas City . After lurking on the conference hashtag for a few years (a great way to network and pick up info nuggets) and then attending #NOW17 in person, we began to think…. What if someone asked us for some quick marketing ideas that any Main Street town could use for more ...
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October 16, 2017 | Announcement | 2017 Trends Survey Now Open The annual Main Street Trends Survey is now open! This survey is an important tool for the Center, helping us understand the profile of those we serve. With a better handle on who you are and what you need, we can tailor our resources to better prepare you for the challenges ahead. This year, we will once again release a snapshot of the results that you will be able to use when communicating the value of Main Street, locally and nationally. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will close on Friday, October 27. Thanks for your time! COMPLETE THE SURVEY #Blogs #Announcements
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October 9, 2017 | Main Spotlight | Kansas City’s Diverse Commercial Districts and Neighborhoods | Keith Winge, Missouri Main Street Connection Kansas City’s Diverse Commercial Districts and Neighborhoods: From Cow Town to Midwest Metropolitan Center Power and Light District, photo credit: VisitKC Kansas City’s history began in 1821 as a trading post for the trails leading westward cutting a path across the United States to all points in the west. It was the last supply hub for the wagon trains and speculators heading west. The railroads provided a new mode of transportation for Kansas City in the late 1800s and created one of the city’s early industries—cattle ...
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October 5, 2017 | Act Now: Save The Historic Tax Credit | Repost: National Trust for Historic Preservation The federal historic tax credit was not included in the Republican leadership’s outline for tax reform. The framework released by White House and Congressional leaders is intended to guide House and Senate tax writing committees, who will now begin to draft tax reform legislation. Let’s make sure the historic tax credit is included in the legislation currently under development. Act now to show Washington that historic preservation advocates are steadfast in our support of the historic tax credit’s track record for creating jobs, revitalizing ...
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October 4, 2017 | Community Spotlight | Laramie, Wyoming's downtown walls start conversation, grow food | by Laramie Main Street Alliance Photo credit: Plenty Sitting just under 7,200 feet, Laramie, Wyoming’s brutal winters and a short growing season leave little opportunity for green space in the western railroad town. A collaborative effort launched in the spring between Laramie Main Street Alliance (LMSA) and vertical farming company, Plenty , took on this challenge, looking to blank downtown walls as a canvas for growing food, creating conversation and activating overlooked spaces. “That’s so cool. How does that work? I want to do that!” ...
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October 4, 2017 | Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend is October 6-8 | Communities across the country are hosting Partners in Preservation: Main Streets “Open House Weekend” events October 6-8, featuring family-friendly activities ranging from block parties and live music, to walking tours and art exhibits. During the events, guests will be able to learn about the program, the districts’ histories and the importance of Main Street restoration efforts. For full Open House Weekend details, please visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/voteyourmainstreet/#/events About Partners in Preservation: Main Streets: The National ...
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October 2, 2017 | Main Spotlight | Travis Brown, Director of Business Development, Rokusek |  Your Digital Storefront : Best Practices for Your Organization's Website   It’s 2017 and having a website is no longer an option for an organization or a business—it’s a requirement. When you want to find contact information for a business the first thing you do is grab your phone, but not to dial 411. (For the millennials, calling “information” at 411 was the fastest way to get a phone number in 2000.) Now, you open your phone’s web browser and search for the business’s website. The technology age is great for the consumer but can be a challenge ...
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September 29, 2017 | Main Street America Institute | Join us for the Community Transformation Workshop! | Implementing the refreshed Main Street Approach in your community requires updating and elevating your professional skills . Are you ready to refresh? Join your peers in the Chicago area for the 2017 Community Transformation Workshop , November 15-17, 2017, and take your skills to the next level! An essential component of the Main Street America Institute’s Community Transformation focus area, the workshop will give you key tools needed to develop, implement and assess transformation strategies, as well as transform your historic building stock into ...
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September 26, 2017 | Tim McClimon, President, American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility | Vote Your Main Street Vote Your Main Street was originally published on CSR: Now! , a weekly blog designed to get at what’s happening in Corporate Social Responsibility today – from the point of view of a corporate practitioner.  Throughout my childhood, 5th Avenue was the center of my universe. It was where I watched my first parade and attended my first day of school. Where I worked my first job and spent the first dollar I ever earned. Most importantly, it was the street where all of Clinton, Iowa ...
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September 26, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Webinar Oct 11: Community Engagement Guide Overview | View a free recording of the webinar:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4935700386487753474 Join us Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT, for a free webinar about our new Community Engagement for Main Street Transformation resource guide! You'll learn practical tools and inspiring stories for inviting all of the voices in your community to be equal partners in determining the community’s future. We'll examine how deep community engagement turns conflict into consensus, builds community pride, and fosters equity and ...
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September 25, 2017 | National Main Street Center | #VoteYourMainStreet: Announcing Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Main Street America has joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, and National Geographic for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets ! Your votes will decide which Main Street districts in need of preservation support will be awarded $2 million in American Express-funded grants. From first dates to shopping sprees, Main Streets are where people come together for shared experiences that help shape their lives. Let’s celebrate the historic places where these memories are made and make sure they’re ...
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September 22, 2017 | National Main Street Center | NTHP Hurricane Relief Efforts + Upcoming Call with Affected Main Street Communities | Earlier this week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released a statement on hurricane damage from Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO, to show support for our fellow citizens affected by the storms, offer up existing resources and information, and share their plan moving forward. The Trust is partnering with the National Park Service and local preservation organizations on damage assessment and triage, as well as the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers to urge the Administration and Congress ...
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September 20, 2017 | National Main Street Center | Announcing Round 2: Cultivating Place on Main Crowdfunding Challenge | **UPDATE 10/19: The deadline has been extended to Monday, October 23! Read below for more details and how to apply.** In 2017,   the  National Main Street Center (NMSC)  and  Project for Public Spaces (PPS)  presented Round 2 of  Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities , a series of two-day trainings aimed at helping Main Street communities revitalize their downtowns using placemaking--a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places. Round 2 was delivered to Main Street communities ...
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September 19, 2017 | Main Spotlight | We Invite You to Our Home – Missouri | by Bobbie Mills and Katelyn Brotherton, Missouri Main Street Connection | We Invite You to Our Home – Missouri Main Street Now Conference Comes to Missouri Kansas City Skyline | Photo credit: Zach Werner Flickr CC We are excited to co-host the Main Street Now Conference with the National Main Street Center in 2018 for you and showcase the best that Kansas City and Missouri Main Streets have to offer. There is more to Missouri than what you may have heard, but don’t worry because we’ll give you the scoop. We are the Show Me State, you know! So, let us SHOW you a little ...
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