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12 Things About Kansas City That Might Surprise You

December 11, 2017 | Main Spotlight | 12 Things About Kansas City That Might Surprise You | By Missouri Main Street Connection To help you get ready for the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, we found a baker’s dozen of interesting things about KCMO. Is Kansas City in...


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Inspiring a Community and State to Build a Better Block

April 24, 2018 | Main Street Spotlight | Inspiring a Community (and State) to Build a Better Block | By Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa | Volunteers from Main Street programs across Iowa converge to implement change in downtown Ottumwa. Photo Credit: Main Street Iowa A...


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Grants to Green Maine Channels Yankee Ingenuity to Reduce Energy Costs

February 27, 2018 | Main Spotlight | Grants to Green Maine Channels Yankee Ingenuity to Reduce Energy Costs | By Anne Ball, Program Director, Maine Downtown Center | Photo Credit: Pejepscot Historical Society (Brunswick, ME), a Grants to Green Recipient As part of the Community...


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State of Main: Winter 2018

February 20, 2018 | Main Street Spotlight | State of Main: Winter 2018 | We are pleased to release the 2018 digital edition of State of Main , the annual publication of Main Street America. Serving as both an annual report and an industry journal, State of Main provides a detailed look...


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MILES: Placemaking Goes Mobile in Downtown Brattleboro

February 13, 2018 | Main Street Spotlight | MILES: Placemaking Goes Mobile | By Jen Austin, Founder of Small Town Legacies | As part of the Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Challenge , Downtown Brattleboro created a pop-up, mobile mini-museum. Jen Austin of Small Town Legacies shares...


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Kansas City: BBQ Plus a Whole Lot More

February, 6, 2018 | Main Spotlight | Kansas City: BBQ Plus a Whole Lot More | By VisitKC | We’re excited to head to Kansas City, Mo. for the upcoming 2018 Main Street Now Conference and explore all that the city has to offer. KC has a dynamic food scene, from fusion restaurants, to...


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Main Street for the Ages

January, 23, 2018 | Main Spotlight | Main Street for the Ages: Engaging Youth and Seniors in Le Mars, Iowa | By Richard Ziettlow, Vice President, Main Street Le Mars | YoMS Banner Project on the historic Armory building in downtown Le Mars. History and architecture play an active role...


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The Silicon Prairie: Entrepreneurship and the Arts in Kansas City

January 16, 2018 | Main Spotlight | The Silicon Prairie: Entrepreneurship and the Arts in Kansas City | By Missouri Main Street Connection | Photo Credit: David Arbogast Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, are neighbors separated by a river but connected by a shared vision...


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Creative Discovery on the Maker Trail in Enid, Oklahoma

January 9, 2018 | Main Street Spotlight | Creative Discovery on Enid, Oklahoma’s Maker Trail | By Kelly Tompkins, Main Street Enid You’ve heard of makerspaces, but what about a whole Maker Trail? This fall, as part of the Edward Jones Placemaking on Main Challenge , Main Street...


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City Sidewalks, Dressed in Holiday Style

December 19, 2017 | Main Street Spotlight | City Sidewalks, Dressed in Holiday Style | By Allie Jeka, Retailworks, Inc. The display designed for The Mini Classy combines graphic elements from the retailer’s latest clothing line, an iconic Milwaukee skyline, and mannequins decked in...