Something for Nothing: Projects with Small Prices and Big Impacts

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Nottoway | Posted: Tuesday, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

With grants drying up, municipal budgets tight, and donations declining, little money remains for downtown improvements. At the same time, the competition for new businesses and visitors is tougher than ever. Staying competitive requires continued improvements. But how can you initiate new projects with limited resources? The answer is low-cost projects that have the same impact as projects with big price tags. Get ideas for generating excitement, finding free or discounted materials, using available sites, recruiting volunteer labor, and making projects low maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to identify desired outcomes for your downtown and identify projects that can achieve that outcome without major funding.
  2. Learn the keys to completing projects with little money.
  3. Know how to complete the case study projects presented.
  4. Develop a "can do" attitude that will carry back to your community.


For more information contact:

Mim Evans, Genoa Main Street
Mim Evans has 15 years experience in economic development and downtown improvement. She was a consultant in the Rocky Mountain region for both private and public sector projects ranging from neighborhood revitalization to resort development and historic preservation. Presently she is executive director of Genoa Main Street, Inc. in Genoa, IL. During her tenure in Genoa, vacancies on Main Street have become rare and downtown has become known as a tourist destination and a great place to have a business. She is often called upon to discuss Genoa's innovative small business incubator, Genoa Springboard. She has an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a speaker at state, regional and national conferences.