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Main Spotlight: Funding Main Street Recovery through American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Dollars

September 21, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Funding Main Street Recovery through American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Dollars | By: Kelly Humrichouser, Director of Government Relations, Main Street America | Aerial shot of Downtown San Marcos. Photo courtesy of San Marcos Main Street. Photo...


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Great American Haunted Main Street: Storytelling Contest

September 16, 2021 | Great American Haunted Main Street: Storytelling Contest | Does your Main Street have a ghost story to tell? We want to hear it! Tell us about your downtown’s strange sightings, haunted buildings, or other paranormal activities for a chance to be named a 2021 Great...


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Main Spotlight: Preparedness Month on Main Street

September 15, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Preparedness Month on Main Street | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, Main Street America | September is National Preparedness Month , a month dedicated to raising awareness at the community and individual level about the importance of...


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Act Now! Advocate for the Main Street Movement

September 13, 2021 | Act Now! Advocate for the Main Street Movement | Over the past several months, Congress and the Biden Administration have been working toward the passage of two infrastructure packages, which may have a profound effect on development priorities for our communities...


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Pandemic Recovery Efforts in Georgia: Progress on the Georgia Main Street Innovation Grant Program

September 9, 2021 | Pandemic Recovery Efforts in Georgia: Progress on the Georgia Main Street Innovation Grant Program | By Jenna Temkin, Manager of Marketing & Outreach, Main Street America Left: Grassroots Coffee in Thomasville, Georgia receives a grant through the Main Street program's...


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Main Spotlight: Beyond COVID - Workforce as the Next Big Challenge for Main Streets

September 9, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Beyond COVID - Workforce as the Next Big Challenge for Main Streets | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Main Street America | In 1989, the New York Times ran their now-famous (for us Main Street old-timers) article entitled “When Wal-Mart...


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Announcing BackToBiz

August 31, 2021 | Announcing Back to Biz | Main Street America is proud to partner with Howard Schultz, the emes project, CreativeLive, and a coalition of leading businesses and non-profits today to announce the launch of BackTo.Biz : a free online learning program created to help small...


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Main Street America Leadership Council Spotlight

August 26, 2021 | Main Street America Leadership Council Spotlight | From upper left to lower right: Michael Wagler, Chair, Main Street Iowa; Gayla Roten, Vice Chair, Missouri Main Street Connection; Bill Fontana, Secretary, Pennsylvania Downtown Center; Committee Member Emeritus:...


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Main Spotlight: Intentional Placemaking and Open Streets Initiatives - How to Boost a Community During Uncertain Times

August 25, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Intentional Placemaking and Open Streets Initiatives—How to Boost a Community During Uncertain Times | By: Jenny Sue Stubbs ( @mywetumpka ), Former Director of Main Street Wetumpka and Author of My Wetumpka | Inspired by a Helen Keller quote, the ...


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Main Spotlight: Improving Building Codes for Main Street

August 18, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Improving Building Codes for Main Street | By: Larry Lucas, Main Street Architect, Colorado Main Street Program, and Joe Lawniczak, Downtown Design Specialist, Wisconsin Main Street | Many common building renovations in our Main Street communities have...