Main Street Now - January-February 2010

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by Doug Loescher

The January-February issue marks the rebranding of Main Street News. Learn about the changes in the journal you've come to count on for Main Street and revitalization news and inspiration. Also, Doug reflects on 2009 and what kind of year it was for Main Streets.

Youth on Main Street
by Carola Lillie Hartley

After running several youth-oriented volunteer programs and projects, Carola has become an expert on the issue. Read several case studies from throughout the US that demonstrate the creative ways Main Street programs have been engaging young residents of their downtowns. Learn the benefits behind working with kids and tips for establishing a successful volunteer relationship with them.

McMinnville, Tennessee: A Main Street in 3D
by Andrea L. Dono

Main Street McMinnville realized that if a picture is not only worth a thousands words, a 3D image can change the way we approach revitalization. Using Google SketchUp and Google Earth, the program was able to convene volunteer teams and community partners to create a 3D model of the downtown. Using the software, it could quickly build design scenarios to persuade business owners to "do the right thing" and to get architectural advice from an expert hours away without ever leaving the office. Learn about this exciting experiment and become inspired to launch your own 3D project.

Visualizing Your Community with Google Earth and Google SketchUp
by Kent Morrison

Learn more about Google Earth and Google SketchUp software programs, how to get started, and glean ideas for ways you can apply your 3D downtown once it is created. See how this tool can change how you approach all of the four points!

Shop Talk: Competing in the "Sea of Change"
by Margie Johnson

Margie shares her 12-step program for business owners to use in managing change. Share her questionnaire with your local business owners so they can see where they have been and where they are going. 

Profitable Solutions: A Tale of Three Merchants
by Tom Shay

In this column, Tom shares examples of transition for three different family businesses. Find out ways business owners can stay fresh and modern in their line of work so they can evolve with the times.

Network Notes
by Andrea L. Dono and Linda Glisson

This edition of Network Notes starts with a round of economic indicators for the New Year and looks at holiday sales figures; a report from the Columbia School of Business points out that Walmart doesn't always get what wants (ie, opening a store in your community); several cool tools offer resources and new technology to help you and your local business owners do their jobs better; step-by-step instructions help you log into the member's area of our website so you can maximize your membership to its fullest potential; we celebrate a variety of local and coordinating program's anniversaries; Oregon signed an executive order promising that state agencies will always look to historic downtowns first when relocating or hosting events; and HOPE VI helps make a senior housing project come true in Bastrop.