Main Street Now - Winter 2014

thumbThe winter issue of Main Street Now is available! This issue is dedicated to getting you ready for the upcoming National Main Streets Conference in Detroit and providing you with information about the latest trends and strategies you can use to improve your revitalization efforts.

Here are some highlights:

Jessy Lawrence of Michigan Main Street and Colleen Layton of the Michigan Municipal League share the comeback story of Detroit and why its DIY community development approach makes it the perfect host city for the 2014 National Main Streets Conference, organizational development consultant Teresa Lynch provides an update on two positive happenings in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn commercial district, Kristi Trevarrow of Rochester Downtown Development Authority  explains how to market your Main Street, and Kathy LaPlante of the National Main Street Center shares two sample fundraising letters that will get results. We hope that you are inspired by the ideas, initiatives and innovations that are included in this jam-packed issue of Main Street Now.

This special edition is available to both members and non-members of the National Main Street Center. Please click here to open to new digital Main Street Now journal window in your internet browser. Below are some helpful tips to help you navigate through the publication:

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Rachel Bowdon at or 312-939-5547 ext. 37227.

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