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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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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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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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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...


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Main Spotlight: Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in Biddeford, Maine

August 11, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in Biddeford, Maine | By: Delilah Poupore, Executive Director, Heart of Biddeford | Photo courtesy of Heart of Biddeford In March of 2020, Carmen Harris, one of the owners of Magnus on Water in Biddeford, Maine,...


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Main Street: A Place for a More Connected Economy in a World of Dispersion

August 4, 2021 | Main Street: A Place for a More Connected Economy in a World of Dispersion | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Main Street America | Much of our economic attention over the last few years in the Main Street world has been focused on the “experiential”...


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Main Spotlight: Disaster Resilience on Main Street

July 21, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Disaster Resilience on Main Street | By: Manuel T. Ochoa, AICP, Principal and Founder of the Ochoa Urban Collaborative | A business in downtown Ellicott City after flooding in 2016. Photo credit: Preservation Maryland / Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ...


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Main Spotlight: Get Used to It - The Pivot Is Not Going Away

July 7, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Get Used to It – The Pivot is Not Going Away | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Main Street America | The return to bricks-and-mortar shopping is on the rebound, with consumer exuberance pushing supply chains to near failure and...


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Main Spotlight: A Tribute to Ed McMahon, Board Chair of Main Street America

June 28, 2021 | Main Spotlight: A Tribute to Ed McMahon, Board Chair of Main Street America | Ed McMahon speaking at the Opening Plenary of the 2017 Main Street Now Conference. Photo credit: Main Street America For the past five years, Ed McMahon has served as the Chair of Main...