Main Street News - September 2008

Main Street News Cover - 2008/09

Volume 254

Feature Article

Are We Successful Yet?
Eight Guiding Principles in a Small Main Street Community

By Todd Carr, President, Hardin County Main Street

For organizations that have membership programs – whether they are called members, donors, contributors, or investors – there are a variety of ways to increase how much money you raise from your member list.  This article will help readers increase renewal rates and use tips to build a stronger membership provide. Read case studies and examples about ways other Main Street programs leverage their membership.

Shop Talk

By Margie Johnson

Attention to detail is a common thread that links all successful specialty retailers. In the fifth installment of Shop Talk, retail consultant Margie Johnson tells you why "it's the little things that count."

Community Investment Model Brings New Life to Vermont Town

By David Grogan

Find out how a bookstore owner in Hardwicke, Vt., mobilized residents to create a restaurant that has brought new life to this small town. And see how other communities have used this idea to cultivate entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas.

Larsen Green: A Community-based, "Green" Redevelopment Effort

By Tracy Heaser, On Broadway, Inc., A Wisconsin Main Street Program and Naletta Burr, Dimension IV

See how On Broadway, Inc., a Main Street program in Green Bay, Wis., is turning a 22-acre industrial site into an economically and ecologically sustainable, mixed-use district.

Network Notes

By Andrea Dono and Linda Glisson

What is Rice Lake Main Street's "Weed & Feed" event and what impact did it have on this Wisconsin downtown? Learn about the new Preserve America Stewards program, which will honor volunteer efforts to preserve and maintain this nation's historic resources.

Main Street Center Updates

The Great American Main Street Awards are back! Find out who the semifinalists are. And welcome our new Membership Coordinator, Molly Park.