Strategy #2: Examples

Collaborate in New Ways

All Roads Lead to Maine Fiberarts Tour Weekend - Maine Fiberarts, a statewide nonprofit arts organization, meets it mission of supporting the state’s fiber arts industry.

Baker County Oregon Attracts Visitors through Flickr - Enticing travelers to choose a destination is easier when they can actually see the beautiful sunset on the water or the elegance of historic downtown buildings or the liveliness of a local festival.

Balboa Park Museums Find Synergy in Working Together - San Diego’s Balboa Park offers a broad spectrum of large and small museums, many of which are housed in Spanish Colonial Revival buildings built for the Panama-California Exposition in the mid 1930s.

Bartering Provides a Win-Win Partnership for Historic House Museum - Keeping 1,000 acres mowed, weeded and cultivated at The Hermitage, the historic home of President Andrew Jackson near Nashville, Tennessee, always generated big expenses.

Cherokee Nation Says Osiyo to Visitors - The unique culture and heritage of the Cherokee Nation is woven throughout a 14-county jurisdictional area in northeastern Oklahoma.

Coal Country Tours Share History and Help the Economy in Southern West Virginia - When the Battle of Blair Mountain erupted in 1921, more than 10,000 armed coal miners fought thousands of heavily armed mine guards, deputies, state police and company employees.

Dinosaur Trail Links Sites in Eastern and Central Montana - In 2005, 10 funding partners including four tourism regions, two chambers of commerce, the federal Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Montana State Parks and the Montana Office of Tourism joined forces with 13 non-profits.

Establishing Butte as “Montana’s Festival City” - Butte has long been known as a center for copper mining, but if Main Street Uptown Butte has its way it may become known as “Montana’s Festival City.”

Experiencing the Arts in August in Rhode Island - After carefully reviewing museum admission numbers, the Rhode Island School of Design decided to close their museum during the month of August in 2009 and again in August 2010 as a cost-cutting measure.

Facebook Helps Save Washington State’s Main Street Program - In 2010, when the state of Washington proposed eliminating the Main Street Program as part of the state’s budget cuts.

Five Alive on Benefit Street (Providence, RI) - It can be difficult for heritage attractions to promote their sites on their own. Recognizing this challenge, the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with five heritage attractions along historic Benefit Street in 2010.

Grants Fund Discovery of the Past in Iowa - In working with Loess Hills Scenic Byway, a 200-mile route stretching through seven Iowa counties, Shirley Frederiksen faced her biggest challenge yet: documenting the Native American cultures that inhabited the region as far back as 1000 A.D.

Helping Locals Discover the Arts and Culture in Los Angeles - LA INC. is helping Angelenos discover the arts and culture in their own backyard.

Helping Tennessee’s Downtowns - Tennessee’s landscape is dotted with historic downtowns that were once the centerpiece of their communities. The Tennessee Main Street Program has helped 24 towns reclaim this position through successful revitalization.

History Riding High: Building Bicycle Friendly Communities in West Texas - Like many rural areas, Far West Texas depends on tourism as an economic driver, yet has few resources to develop new businesses.

Hosting the 2014 World Acadian Congress in Maine - What does a community do when its economy is shrinking and young people are leaving in search of jobs? Does the community lose its cultural identity? Do the people who leave forget their heritage?

Iowa Museum Association Focuses on Partnerships - With Iowa’s museums facing the same challenges as others across the country during the economic downturn – attracting visitors, coping with budget cuts and even reducing staff.

Keeping Alive the Dream of a Statewide Main Street Program in Idaho - Plans were well underway for a new statewide Main Street program in Idaho when the economy went under.

Louisiana Main to Main Helps Rebuild State’s Cultural Economy - Three years before the rest of the nation experienced an economic downturn in 2008, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated Louisiana’s cultural heritage tourism.

Maine Opens Center for Crafts - When the Maine Center for Crafts opened in December 2009 –in the midst of a nationwide economic recession – executive director Tracy Michaud Stutzman admits, “We were a little nervous about the economy.”

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