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Director's Column: All Innovation is Local

By Doug Loescher
If “innovation” is essential to our growth and success—then what exactly does innovation mean in our line of work?

Main Street Principle #4: Building Partnerships to Create a Common Vision

By Carola Lillie Hartley
When it comes to Main Street partners, quality comes before quantity. Approach partnership building like a business deal and follow some best practices from Main Street programs throughout the nation.

What Retailers Want

By Andew Farrell
You know which stores your community wants, but have you thought about what retailers want? They want hard data that shows coming into your district will bring customers.

On The Flip Side of Historic Preservation

By Charlotte Cottier
A preservation loss in Kingwood, W.Va., turned into a Main Street success as the Main Street program became savvy in real estate and learned how to acquire, rehab, and save historic buildings while bringing in critical income.

Green Infrastructure: Building a Path toward Clean Water and Vibrant Communities

By Liz Garland
Effective stormwater management, an element of many streetscaping plans, doesn’t only reduce pollution of your drinking water but it can offer your district many other community benefits. Learn how you can support economic development, sustainable community development, and a safer environment with smaller projects like rain barrels and rain gardens that lead to larger green infrastructure projects.

Network Notes

By Andrea L. Dono
Resources that support independent businesses—including “locavesting”; ghosts come to downtown Las Vegas, N.M.; and Bardstown, Ky., celebrates with a streetscape ribbon cutting ceremony.