Main Street Publications Are Now Digital!

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For over 30 years, the Main Street Four-Point Approach has helped transform America’s historic commercial districts through a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization. For the first time, the National Main Street Center is offering its most popular publications in a digital format, free of charge, making that work just a little bit easier. As a valued member, you are now able to access and download the Board Member, Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion Committee Handbooks online to share with your committees. Click here to view the publications. We hope that free, easy access to these vital resources will help you in the important work you do every day.

These handbooks are great tools for new and seasoned Main Street Programs alike. As countless Main Street Programs and GAMSA winners can attest, a program is only as strong is its committees. But we all know that establishing well coordinated and dedicated committees is challenging work. Our handbooks provide practical, time-tested guidance for new programs just getting started as well as important benchmarks and next steps for established programs. Tips, guidelines, sample forms for board and committee members, work plans, strategies for enhancing committee effectiveness, report cards, and more are now just a click away!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in each handbook:

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Board Members Handbook

The success of your Main Street district revitalization effort depends largely on the board of director’s ability to identify and mobilize resources, build volunteer support, develop new leadership, and maintain clear focus on the district’s needs and opportunities. The Board Member Handbook is a must-read for programs looking to understand the process of running a board, gaining public and private support, recruiting strategic members, and developing an annual work plan.  Check it out>

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Design Committee Handbook

The Design Committee plays an important role in shaping the image of Main Street as an attractive place for residents, visitors, business owners, and potential investors alike. This handbook will help your Design Committee come up with a plan to capitalize on your community’s best assets, like its historic properties, as well as create an inviting atmosphere through window displays, building improvements, landscaping and more.  Check it out>

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Economic Restructuring Committee Handbook

The Economic Restructuring Committee is responsible for strengthening a community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. Use this handbook to support your committee in its efforts to enhance your Main Street’s competitiveness and advance long-term economic solutions. Find great advice on how to develop new uses for traditional Main Street buildings, strengthen existing businesses and recruit new ones, encourage investment in businesses and buildings through financial incentives, and more. Check it out>

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Organization Committee Handbook

The organization committee does the critical work of establishing consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups in the community that have a stake in your commercial district – no easy task! Use this handbook to guide your fundraising, volunteer recruitment and retention, program promotion and advocacy, and organizational development and come away with stronger program with long-lasting community support. Check it out>

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Promotion Committee Handbook

The success of your Main Street district revitalization effort depends largely on the board of director’s ability to identify and mobilize resources, build volunteer support, develop new leadership, and maintain clear focus on the district’s needs and opportunities. The Board Member Handbook is a must-read for programs looking to understand the process of running a board, gaining public and private support, recruiting strategic members, and developing an annual work plan. Check it out>

The National Main Street Center is committed to providing you with the tools and resources you need to strengthen your downtown. We hope you find these digital publications useful in that work and look out for more exciting new member benefits to come! For an in-depth introduction to the Main Street Approach, don’t miss the free overview on Sunday, May 18th during the National Main Streets Conference in Detroit. For more information, see here.