Main Street News - May/June 2009

May/June, 2009 | Volume 261

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The State of Main Street 2009: How Main Streets can STILL Thrive in a Down Economy
By Doug Loescher
At the Opening Plenary of the 2009 National Main Streets Conference in Chicago, we reported on the economic state of Main Street over the past year and offered evidence that traditional commercial districts can still thrive in this down economy. Despite all the bad news over the past year, there are also some unique opportunities that represent a chance for Main Street leaders to use their creativity and leverage change as never before.

2009 Main Streets Conference Recap
By Linda Glisson
Revisit Chicago in our pictorial review of the 2009 National Main Streets Conference. Our "Becoming Main Street 2.0" technology theme brought out 1,645 Main Streeters, making this conference one of our largest gatherings ever.

Director's Column: Learning Globally, Living Locally
By Doug Loescher
NTMSC Director Doug Loescher takes a look at how Main Street has been co-opted not just by Wall Street but by Madison Avenue as well. But beyond the global marketing spin, there is a growing realization that "living locally" is good not just for our economy, but for our health and well-being, too.

Shop Talk: How to Use the "Voice of the Customer" to Grow Main Street Businesses
By Margie Johnson
In this month's Shop Talk column, Margie Johnson advises retailers on ways to use "the voice of the customer" to grow their businesses. Being able to "think like a customer" should be the goal of every store owner.