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Main Street News Cover - 2005/01

Feature article:
Main Street Advocacy

Despite modest improvements in the economy, many state legislators will again be wrestling to balance budgets and close revenue gaps. In the past few years, several statewide Main Street programs have teetered on the brink of death, only to be saved by the valiant and dedicated advocacy efforts of participating local Main Street programs. Four coordinating Main Street programs in New Mexico, California, Illinois, and Missouri have shared their war stories and lessons learned to help other Main Street programs take appropriate action to ensure the support of their own legislators.

Building the Buzz: Pittsburgh's Design Zone Grabs a Marketing Niche and Runs With It

Spanning two neighborhoods and encompassing nearly 100 businesses, the 16:62 Design Zone has brought a once-declining area of Pittsburgh back to life. Read about the successful branding efforts of this arts-focused business cluster. Plus - eight tips for developing and marketing your own business cluster.

Network Notes

Main Street Iowa gets another federal grant to assist property rehabilitation; Kentucky Main Street managers woo the governor with a candy gram; and the mayor of Washington, D.C., goes shopping on main street. Also, find out how you can learn more about preservation advocacy on Lobby Day next March.

Visit our New Website

The National Trust Main Street Center has launched its new website. Find out what you need to know to navigate the new site and take advantage of all its new features!

Main Street at 25!

Join us as we begin a year-long celebration of Main Street's 25th anniversary. See what we have planned and take a look at what local programs have accomplished over the past two decades.