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Commercial District Design: Small Businesses

August 4, 2020 | Commercial District Design: Small Businesses | Main Streets across the country have long been centers of innovation. Since the proliferation of shopping malls and big box stores that started in the 1970s, community leaders, and small business owners have rallied together to...


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Announcing the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program

July 28, 2020 | Announcing the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program | Updated August 4, 2020: The HartBeat of Main Street Application is now closed. We appreciate your interest in the program, and encourage you to check out additional COVID-recovery resources from Main Street America and ...


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Commercial District Design: Public Amenities

July 22, 2020 | Commercial District Design: Public Amenities | The quality of infrastructure and amenities is not only important to a district’s basic functioning, but also has a direct impact on whether it is a great place. In recent years, entrepreneurs and employers alike are...


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Main Spotlight: Parklets + Pedlets

July 15, 2020 | Main Spotlight: Parklets + Pedlets | In light of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, local leaders across the country are increasingly looking to parklet and pedlet programs as an easy, quick, and relatively inexpensive design solution to create more physical space for...


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Main Spotlight: Open Streets + Design

July 9, 2020 | Main Spotlight: Open Streets + Design | From big cities to rural towns, communities around the world are temporarily opening streets to people by closing them to trucks and cars. These open streets programs and initiatives are meant to encourage walking, biking, and rolling,...


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COVID-19 and the Impact of Retail: Part 2

July 2, 2020 | COVID-19 and the Impact of Retail: Part 2 | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | This article is part of the COVID-19 Trends Blog Series. In Part 1 of “COVID-19 and the Impact on Retail,” we examined what are likely to be longer...


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Speak Up for Main Street: New Opportunities and Support

July 1, 2020 | Speak Up for Main Street: New Opportunities and Support | By: Patrice Frey, President & CEO, NMSC | Dear Main Street America Network, Since the onset of the pandemic, every Main Street program has found innovative ways to support small businesses while recognizing that...


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Main Spotlight: COVID-19 Trends and the Impact on Retail

June 30, 2020 | COVID-19 Trends and the Impact on Retail | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | This article is part of the COVID-19 Trends Blog Series. Throughout history, there have been profound economic, technology, and societal shifts that...


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Main Spotlight: How Rural Economies Can Leverage the Rise in Remote Work

June 18, 2020 | COVID-19 Trends Blog Series: How Rural Economies Can Leverage the Rise in Remote Work | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | The ribbon cutting ceremony of The Vault, a coworking space in Charlevoix, Michigan. Credit: Charlevoix Main...


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COVID-19 Community Response Roundup: Tote Bags for Relief Funds & Curbside Concessions

June 18, 2020 | COVID-19 Community Response Roundup: Tote Bags for Relief Funds & Curbside Concessions | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | Photo credit: Rhode Island Avenue Main Street The COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery blog series features ideas and...