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Main Spotlight: Pop-Up Retail: Not Just For Start-Ups, And Other Learnings From Its Evolution

February 11, 2021 | Pop-Up Retail: Not Just For Start-Ups, And Other Learnings From Its Evolution | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | Moonlight Makers is a pop-up gift market store in Asheville, North Carolina. Photo credit: Ablokhin A few...


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Main Spotlight: Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Community Economic Development

February 2, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Community Economic Development | By: Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs, NMSC | Outdoor dining during COVID-19 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo credit: Bjorn Bakstad This article was published in the...


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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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HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: First Round Recipient Spotlights

December 22, 2020 | HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: First Round Recipient Spotlights | Top (left to right): The Bankery in Skowhegan, Maine; Center of the Yarniverse in Ashland, Virginia; Tina's Timeless Threads in Dover, Delaware; and Griff Goods in Opelika, Alabama .Bottom (left...


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Economic Gardening Takes Root: Redesigning the Bricks & Clicks Business Retention Program During the Pandemic

December 16, 2020 | Economic Gardening Takes Root: Redesigning the "Bricks & Clicks" Business Retention Program During the Pandemic | By: Erin Smith, Director of Special Projects, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance | Outdoor dining in downtown Harrisonburg. Note: This photo...


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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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Main Spotlight: Developing a Toolbox to Help Manage Growth on Main Street

November 10, 2020 | Main Spotlight: Developing a Toolbox to Help Manage Growth on Main Street | By: Kim McAuliffe, Downtown Development Manager, City of Georgetown Aerial shot of Downtown Georgetown. Photo credit: City of Georgetown When looking to the future and how to appropriately...


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Main Spotlight: New Tool for Understanding Demographics of Main Street Communities

October 28, 2020 | Main Spotlight: New Tool for Understanding Demographics of Main Street Communities | By: Michael Powe, Ph.D., Director of Research, NMSC, and Brittanii' Batts, Associate Manager of Projects and Research, NMSC | On October 15th, Main Street staff were joined by Dr....


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Spotlighting the 2020 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalists

October 19, 2020 | Spotlighting the 2020 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalists In February, we announced the eight semifinalists of the 2020 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). A top honor within the commercial district revitalization field, Great American Main Street...