Main Street News - October/Novemeber 2009 Vol. 265
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by Keith R. Tianen, AICP
A transportation agency's job is to move traffic quickly and safely. A Main Street program's job is to strengthen its commercial district. Both groups can meet their goals by working together to create safe pedestrian friendly districts. Perhaps your Main Street has a highway that runs through it, or maybe creating a slower two-lane Main Street with parking is a goal, or possibly a by-pass is being planned by your downtown - these are just some of the reasons why you need to know now how to work effectively with your transportation agency. Author Keith Tianen provides an A to Z primer on how to get results.
by Kerri Benecke
The Ellensburg (Wash.) Downtown Association has been working with Central Washington University students on volunteer gigs and internships. This month we get a student's perspective on volunteering with a Main Street program and more than a dozen tips on ways you can work better with students.
By Margie Johnson
With 2010 upon us, now is a great time for small business owners to set goals for their business, themselves, and their staff. Margie tells you how to make them happen.
by Doug Loescher
Did you know that Main Street revitalization doesn't just happen on US soil? It may have started here, but the four point approach has taken root in Canada, Tawian, Mexico, Belgium, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Great Britain. The director of the National Main Street Center signed an international agreement of mutual recognition for preservation-based economic development on both sides of the Atlantic. Learn more about our international reach.
by Andrea L. Dono
The Soul of the Community Study finds what people value the most about the places they live. On Web Watch: Twitter announces Act.ly for online activism; Omeka offers free online exhibition software for non-IT types; Business.com Answers offers an online community for robust Q and A among entrepreneurs and business owners.