Main Street News - February 2008

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Main Street News Cover - 2008/02

Feature Article:

Recruiting the Right Board Members

by Kathy La Plante

How many times before your annual meeting have you realized that you need to scramble to identify possible new board members? Has recruiting board members been a top priority that your organization focuses on throughout the year? Last minute recruitment and a lack of leadership succession planning will be a thing of the past. National Trust Program Officer Kathy La Plante identifies steps that will help your organization more effectively recruit board members, including conducting a board profile assessment, appointing a nominating committee, writing board job descriptions, determining talent/skills needs, cultivating new members, evaluating the board, and more!

Network Notes

by Luke VanBelleghem

Learn about the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grants; and check out a few cool websites for information on being "green."

Louisiana: Two years after the storms

by Valerie Gaumont

Valerie Gaumont, who works with the Lousiana Division of Historic Preservation and the local Main Street programs, provides Main Street News readers with an update on the hardest-hit Main Street community, Bogalusa, and reports on the New Orleans neighborhood Main Street programs, which were created after the hurricanes. From a brand-new po-boy festival to new walking trails, many great things are happening during these post-Katrina years.

2007 Black Friday Retail Trends

by Luke VanBelleghem

The Community Land Use Economics Group (CLUE) and the Main Street Center surveyed 509 retailers in traditional commercial districts about their experiences with Black Friday of 2007. Find out how independent businesses faired on this crazed shopping day and read an inspiring excerpt from a Main Street Listserve conversation that highlights on intrepid business owner's Black Friday success that your business owners can replicate.