Main Street Now - November/December 2010

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From the President's Desk: Resolutions for the New Year
Main Street Now Nov-Dec10 Coverby Stephanie Meeks
Stephanie Meeks, the new president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, takes a spin at being a guest writer for Main Street Now and shares what she loves about Main Streets.

Cool Economic Development Tool
by Kennedy Smith
Building on her hit 2010 National Main Streets Conference ed session, Kennedy Smith breaks down exactly how revitalization programs can create dynamic economic development toolkits. Looking at financial resources - the ones that already exist and ones that you can assemble - she explains how to get the public sector involved, how to provide more than just money, how to make projects feasible (pro formas, anyone?), and great economic incentives.

More than One Perk to Visiting This Main Street Coffee Shop
by Kathryn Bohri
A business venture in Aledo, Ill., brought a community gathering space to this small town in the form of a coffee shop and a salon. Blending two business concepts and housing them under one roof brough customer cross-ver and lower operating costs - a win-win solution for everyone!

Main Street at Work: Working with Local Governments
by Teresa Lynch
During tough fiscal times, the last thing any Main Street program wants to hear is that the local government is cutting funding for revitalization. Budget woes are a reality for everyone today, but how much time has your program spent building a strong relationship with the public sector so that the bonds are already strong before you need to fight for your line item? Teresa shares tips on how to make these partnerships last.

Network Notes
by Andrea L. Dono
Many statewide and local Main Street programs hit the shop local for the holidays ball out of the park this year; the Main Street Center is looking for the most romantic Main Streets - nominate yours!; the National Trust launches an extensive cultural heritage tourism survival kit; Iowa shares its Guide to Greening Your District; The Center for Transit-oriented Development launches a huge online database of 4000 transit zones in the U.S.; Contributions magazine offers tons of free articles about nonprofit management topics; Durant (Okla.) produces its own Dancing with the Stars fund raiser; tips on LED bulbs; Center staff conduct Main Street training in Spanish and English; and the Center announces two new staff members and some promotions.

Off the Shelf: Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities
by Jeff Siegler, CMSM
Philip L. Walker's book could be the answer for smaller communities that need to get the planning ball rolling. In his book review, Jeff explains how this publication can be helpful for Main Street readers and points out that many Main Street communities are used as case study examples. Learn about typical planning elements and visioning processes that can help your long-term goals become a reality.