Main Street Now - September-October 2010

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Director's Column

MSN September October 2010 coverBy Doug Loescher

Partnerships fpr sustainable communities are expanding, Doug reports in this issue's column and Main Street's visibility and significant role in combining sustainability and livability are growing every day.

Make Your Case: Triple Your Membership!

By Donna Ann Harris

Read the inspiring story of MainStreet Libertyville’s successful residential membership campaign. See how this 1997 Great American Main Street Award® winner tripled its membership through a comprehensive public relations campaign that rallied the community around the program.

Bold Dominion: Virginia’s Quarter Century Communities Lengthen Their Strides

By Doug Jackson

As Virginia Main Street (VMS) celebrates its 25th anniversary, VMS staffer Doug Jackson reflects on the accomplishments of three long-time Main Street towns and the challenges currently facing them.

Handle With Care. Washington, Missouri, Finds New Uses for Historic Post Office

By Gayla Roten

Saving the Old Main Post Office in Washington, Missouri, took a strong partnership between the community’s Main Street program and the local preservation organization. Together, they not only preserved a local landmark, but are keeping postal services and employment downtown.

Main Street at Work: Haunted Happenings

By Kathy La Plante 

As the fall and winter holiday seasons near, NTMS Senior Program Officer Kathy La Plante shows you how to tap into your town’s heritage by capitalizing on local assets, spooky or spectacular, to create events that will attract residents and visitors alike.

Shop Talk: Setting the Stage for 4th Quarter Sales!

By Margie Johnson 

As the golden quarter approaches, get your Main Street retailers to make the shopping experience for their customers enticing, engaging, educational, and entertaining!

Network Notes

By Andrea L. Dono

Meet four towns that have received HOPE VI Main Street grant funds for affordable housing projects that are helping revitalize their downtowns. Check out Iowa’s success in getting state grants for 24 projects in Iowa Main Street communities, and see how Maine’s Rolling Retreat brought the state’s Main Street managers closer together.