March-April 2012 Index Page

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Director's Column: New Friends in Hard Times
by Doug Loescher
Main Street revitalization has attracted a lot of supporters over the years.

Arts and Entertainment Districts
by Rebecca Chan
You don’t have to be New York or San Francisco to have a vibrant arts district, but is it the right niche for your Main Street? Find out what works, what doesn’t, and what you should consider before creating an arts district.

A Model to LIONize
by Amy Cortese
Find out how Washington seaport and Great American Main Street award winner Port Townsend has used a local investing network to help finance homegrown businesses.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Ellicott City, Maryland: Turning Dreams into Reality
by Lauren Adkins
If you’re looking to inspire people in your community to open their own shops, share these inspiring stories of two entrepreneurs in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Main Street at Work: Establishing a District Niche
by Andrea L. Dono and Todd Barman
Learn how to define, design, and develop a niche for your Main Street. Todd Barman and Andrea Dono show how specializing can make a Main Street district memorable to shoppers and visitors.

Network Notes
by Andrea L. Dono
Good news for indie bookshops as reports show their sales rising! Learn how Alberta Main Street in Portland, Oregon, is using the online tool, BaseCamp, to keep its work plans on track and get inspiration from Grand Haven Main Street’s “Frozen in Time” promotion. And don’t forget Preservation Month this May.