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MSN_SeptOct12_CoverThe Director's Column: Summary Judgement in Kansas
Acting Main Street Director Valecia Crisafulli examines the termination of the Kansas Main Street Program and the need for programs to implement measures to prepare for and help counter loss of funding and other sudden setbacks.

2012 Great American Main Street Awards
Each year, the National Trust Main Street Center recognizes the best and the brightest—five Main Street communities who serve as an inspiration and model for commercial district revitalization throughout the nation. Read about the inspiring achievements of the 2012 winners.

Key Trends for Retail Success
think and act differently when it comes to finding retailers and restaurants. They like to shop and dine locally, but they seek information about local businesses from online sources.
Here are five steps for tech-savvy outreach.

From The Front Line
What is the Main Street manager’s role in assisting businesses? How far can and should the manager go to help businesses succeed? The best way, says author Kristi Trevarrow, is to create a nurturing environment. But how do you do that?

Real Estate Today
Lifestyle centers are rapidly taking the place of the enclosed regional mall. Featuring not only outdoor streets and stores, they often have “parks” or plazas, fountains, even playgrounds. Sound familiar? It should. The look of these centers comes straight out of Main Street design. So if lifestyle centers are looking to downtowns for inspiration, what must Main Streets do to compete? Read about our articles about lifestyle centers and their impact on Main Street here and here.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Love and Latin Food
Our inspiring entrepreneur in this issue is restaurant owner Tere Clegg, from Parkersburg, W. Va.