Main Street News - January 2009

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Volume 258

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Table of Contents

Features

Working with Consultants
By Andrea Dono
There will be times when your organization will need outside expertise to guide you through a visioning process, develop a heritage tourism program, or deal with another specialty area that your staff members and/or volunteers don't feel comfortable leading. Some services may be provided by your coordinating program. Other services might require you to hire a consultant who specializes in commercial district revitalization work.

Series

Heritage Retailing: Getting in the Game
By Carole Summers Morris
In the final installment of this series, author Carole Summers Morris takes a look at how you can apply heritage retailing opportunities to your community. The article offers practical tips on starting a "buy local" movement that capitalizes on the assets, culture, and history of your town.

Profitable Solutions: Which Flag Should They Raise?
By Tom Shay
In the second of our series on retail management issues, author Tom Shay discusses ways Main Street programs can help a store owner decide whether it's best to close the business and minimize losses or remain determined to stay in the battle and fight the recession. What are the financial and strategic issues that should drive this decision?

Departments

Director's Column: Main Street Around the Nation
By Doug Loescher
In his year-end review, NTMSC Director Doug Loescher takes a look at the local, state, and national achievements of Main Street in 2008 and explains why the Center remains upbeat about Main Street's prospects in 2009.

Network Notes/At the Center
Congratulate three Main Street communities that were selected as great vacation spots by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Take a look at a survey that shows independent retailers outperforming many chains in this difficult economic climate. And join us for our upcoming webinar on "Housing on Main Street."

At the Center: 2009 National Main Streets Conference
Why should you join us in Chicago, March 1-4, 2009? How about two social media gurus and the return of the Great American Main Street Awards? Our Opening and Closing Plenary keynoters will challenge you to think about online communications in exciting new ways. And you won't want to miss the celebration of this year's award-winning Main Street communities at the Opening Plenary and the awards benefit luncheon.