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Announcing the Recipients of the Main Street Forward Awards

April 12, 2021 | Announcing the Recipients of the Main Street Forward Awards Clockwise from top left: The Argenta Outdoor Dining District in North Little Rock, AR; Missouri Main Street Connections' virtual Directors Meeting; an outdoor cleanup on Emporia Main Street in Emporia, KS; a food...


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New! Main Street Resiliency Grant Program

January 26, 2021 | New! Main Street Resiliency Grant Program | Main Street programs have demonstrated time and time again over this past year how essential they are to the health and vitality of their local communities. You’ve not only supported your small businesses, but also developed...


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Coping with the COVID Crisis in the Midst of the Holiday Rush: Nine Takeaways from Our December Surveys of Small Business Owners and Main Street Programs

January 25, 2021 | Coping with the COVID Crisis in the Midst of the Holiday Rush: Nine Takeaways from Our December Surveys of Small Business Owners and Main Street Programs | By: Michael Powe, Ph.D., Director of Research, NMSC | Photo credit: Cindy Shebley In early December, as the...


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Jump off the Business Recruitment Train: The Real Returns are in Cultivating Local Entrepreneurship

January 14, 2021 | Jump off the Business Recruitment Train: The Real Returns are in Cultivating Local Entrepreneurship | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | Historically, whether it’s been traditional economic development or Main Street economic...


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The Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization: Project Progress

January 13, 2021 | The Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization: Project Progress | In May, eight Accredited Main Street America Programs received $10,000 each from the Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization to implement innovative projects to address the current and/or legacy impacts...


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Calling all Main Street Programs! Congress Needs to Hear from You Today

December 2, 2020 | Calling all Main Street Programs! Congress Needs to Hear from You Today | Dear Main Streeters, As the country manages through another surge in COVID-19 cases, we are appealing to federal lawmakers on behalf of Main Streets and their small businesses. In the...


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New Research from Brookings and the National Main Street Center on the Value of Main Street Organizations

December 1, 2020 | New Research from Brookings and the National Main Street Center on the Value of Main Street Organizations | By: Mike Powe, Ph.D., Director of Research, NMSC, and Hanna Love, Senior Research Analyst, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution Downtown Wheeling,...


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Community Spotlight: Pop-Up Drive-In Movie Theater in Main Street Coon Rapids

November 12, 2020 | Community Spotlight: Pop-Up Drive-In Movie Theater in Main Street Coon Rapids | By: Katie Mason, Executive Director, Main Street Coon Rapids | The crowd gathered on Main Street to watch Trolls World Tour on the big screen. Photo credit: Main Street Coon Rapids An...


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New Webinar Opportunity: Creating Outdoor Spaces in Colder Months

November 5, 2020 | New Webinar Opportunity: Creating Outdoor Spaces in Colder Months | COVID-19 has forced us to be creative in the ways we support our main streets and downtowns as commercial and social centers by moving many indoor activities outside. This has been a great...


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The Second Round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program is Now Open!

October 22, 2020 | The Second Round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program is Now Open! | The second round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program is now open! In partnership with The Hartford , we are thrilled to make funding available to help small business owners respond...