Main Street News - May 2005

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Main Street News Cover - 2008/05

Feature Article:

The State of Main Street 2008

By Doug Loescher

This article looks at the results from the 2007 National Main Streets Trends Survey and reports on the economic state of Main Street. Many Main Streets experienced flat growth in business openings, new jobs, rental rates, and sales; but, many did see growth in public and private investment and reported more rehabs and public improvement projects. Many Main Street programs reported that their boards represented a less diverse cross section of their community's demographics. Read this article for more interesting details on what revitalizing communities have been experiencing and and to read dozens of short case study examples of innovative new business ideas and inclusive diversity initiatives developed by Main Street organizations.

Director's Column

By Doug Loescher

Inspired by Preservation Month and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's This Place Matters campaign, Doug reminds us that the stats and facts of why Main Street matters is only part of the story and that the people and how Main Street affects us emotionally help tell the complete story.

Shop Talk: Invest in Complaints

By Margie Johnson

The third article in our series of retail tips by Margie Johnson, a retail consultant, looks at how to turn a seemingly unhappy, complaining customer into a satisfied repeat customer for life! Considering how it costs more to attract new customers than it does to keep existing ones -- these tips will go a long way in helping your Main Street businesses.

National Main Streets Conference Photo Essay

by Linda S. Glisson

Check out what you missed or relive some of the highlights from the Main Streets Conference in Philadelphia on March 30 - April 2, 2008. From gettin' down at the Bash and sampling local foods during Opening Reception to visiting with great vendors at the Expo Hall and attending thought-provoking sessions...this conference was exciting!

Network Notes

By Luke VanBelleghem

The Encinitas (California) Main Street program and others in community, like the local historical society, teamed up to create an innovative partnership organization that helped preserve the historic Encinitas Boat Houses and open them to the public; Georgia's Downtown Cedartown Association received a $1,000 grant from the Kodak American Greenways Program; The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association has announced its call for entries for its 2008 Timmy Awards; Main Street members can receive a free subscription to Land & People magazine.