State of Main

State of Main - 2019 

02-19-2019 02:49 PM

This issue of State of Main includes the following articles:

  • Celebrating the Network
    • The Main Street America Network
    • The Power of Main Street
    • Main Street in Action
    • Great American Main Street Awards
  • Advancing the Movement
    • Technical Services
    • Programs and Partherships
    • Professional Development
  • A Proven Economic Development Strategy by Edward T. McMahon
  • Why We Need to Invest in Transformative Placemaking by Jennifer Vey
  • The Importance of Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecoystems by Dell Gines
  • Activating the Main Street Approach through Placemaking by Michael Wagler
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Learn about the scope and power of the Main Street America Network. This section provides an in-depth look the people, places, and projects across the network, and shines the spotlight on our 2018 Great American Main Street Award winners and Main Street America Institute graduates.
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Advancing the Movement   3.69MB   1 version
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Main Street America works hard to support the network and drive the movement forward. This section highlights the wide range of opportunities that our services, programs, partnerships, and professional development offerings are creating for Main Street districts across the country.
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A Proven Economic Development Strategy   619K   1 version
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Main Street’s holistic, incremental approach to community revitalization works—this has been proven time and time again. In this article, NMSC Board Chair and Urban Land Institute Fellow Ed McMahon takes a look at why it works. From exploring the power of small steps to the importance of investing in people and creating quality places, he makes an undeniable case for community leaders that Main Street is always a better economic strategy than “silver bullet” solutions.
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Why We Need to Invest in Transformative Placemaking   1.08MB   1 version
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In an era marked by stark inequalities—by income and wealth, by race and ethnicity, by geography—there is an urgency, and opportunity, for local and regional leaders to embrace and advance place-led development that produces better economic outcomes for more people in more places. To help deliver on that imperative, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program launched the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces, the National Main Street Center, and others. Learn more the Bass Center in in this piece by Jennifer Vey, senior fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and director of the Center.
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The Importance of Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecoystems   1.19MB   1 version
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In this article, Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, takes a look at the importance of entrepreneurship in our national and local economies, discusses the entrepreneurship ecosystem movement as an economic development strategy designed to spur local entrepreneurship, delves into the emerging focus of inclusive economic development, and concludes by examining ways to create inclusion in the development of entrepreneurship ecosystems.
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Activating the Main Street Approach through Placemaking   2.97MB   1 version
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Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa Coordinator at the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center, explores how placemaking principles can be utilized as an implementation strategy of local Main Street efforts to empower community members and create more action-oriented programs. He provides strategies on how to get started, offers inspiring case stories of programs across the state that are demonstrating impact and change through placemaking activities, and outlines tips for creating a more action-oriented Main Street program.
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