State of Main

State of Main - 2018 

02-20-2018 09:08 AM

This issue of State of Main includes the following articles:

  • Main Street Together: 2017 by NMSC staff
  • Main Street in Action by NMSC staff
  • The Future of Retail by Becky McCray
  • Seeing Small by Jim Heid and Samantha Beckerman
  • Advocacy in Motion by Renee Kuhlman
  • Leading Main Street by Norma Ramirez de Miess
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Main Street Together: 2017 (Year in Review)   2.55MB   1 version
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Learn about the scope and power of the Main Street America Network as well as the many people across the country who support the movement. This section also includes a recap of the annual Main Street Now Conference, a special awards section, and recognition of this year's Main Street America Institute graduates.
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Main Street in Action (Center Update)   2.03MB   1 version
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This section includes key program and project updates of the National Main Street Center including an update on the refreshed Main Street Approach by Matt Wagner and Hannah White, an UrbanMain update by Dionne Baux, and a partnerships and projects update by Lindsey Wallace.
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The Future of Retail   1.76MB   1 version
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There’s no doubt about it, the retail landscape is changing and getting more complex. No longer are there clear boundaries between brick and mortar establishments and e-commerce, between big boxes and mom & pops. Yet one thing is for certain: Main Street has a unique competitive advantage and it’s up to local leaders and local business owners to understand how to tap into this opportunity.
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Seeing Small   1.48MB   1 version
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Main Street was founded upon the principle that sustainable, comprehensive transformation of a downtown or commercial district doesn’t happen overnight or with one “big fix.” Small-scale development projects and incremental improvements are the key to creating vibrant local economies and distinctive places that will thrive well into the future.
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Advocay in Motion   1.19MB   1 version
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Every day, Main Street directors and their boards advocate for their districts, their local businesses, and their programs. As a result, Main Streeters have developed great advocacy skills as well as trusted relationships with officials at all levels of government. Renee Kuhlman, Director of Policy Outreach, Government Relations and Policy, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation offers examples of where advocacy for Main Street has recently made a difference as well as resources on how to get involved.
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Leading Main Street   1.19MB   1 version
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We all know strong leadership when we see it, but how do we define it? While there may not be a one-size-fits-all Main Street leader, there are common characteristics among programs and communities leading successful revitalization efforts. Norma Ramirez de Miess, Senior Program Manager and Director of Leadership Development, highlights five of these key attributes, and shares insights and examples from Main Street leaders across the nation on what it takes to lead effectively.
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