Main Street Innovation Lab

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Past Online Training

September 11 at 1-2pm EDT

New Main Street Director Orientation

New to Main Street? You won't want to miss this online training hosted by Norma Miess, National Main Street Center's Director of Leadership Development and Senior Field Officer. 


As a new Main Street Director, you are now a member of a strong network of leaders helping build strong communities across the country. During this online training, we will take a closer look at the intangible value of the Main Street Approach and discuss the most important roles and crucial impact of an effective Main Street Director. This session is also a great opportunity to learn about the National Main Street Center and the support and resources available through our network. We especially encourage Directors with less than 2 years in Main Street to participate, but welcome all Main Street Directors to enjoy an hour filled with knowledge and resources!

Register here.

Speaker information:

Norma Ramirez de Miess

Norma offers over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience in community development. As a Senior Program Officer, she travels across the country helping communities assess needs, define priorities, and implement comprehensive and sustainable strategies for revitalization. 

Norma’s leadership skills and her ability to motivate people have proven to be one of her greatest strengths. As Director of Leadership Development for the Center, she is committed to supporting the role of the Main Street Director and developing enhanced tools to recognize the value of the revitalization professional. For the past several years, she has organized the Main Street Managers Roundtable sessions and the recognition of long-term Managers at the National Main Streets Conference and is now defining the framework for a new and enhanced Certification Institute in 2015. 

With her solid understanding of our increasingly diverse demographics, Norma also leads the National Main Street Center’s diversity services to help Main Streets become catalysts for inclusion and to promote understanding of the approach and process of involvement of multi-cultural entrepreneurs. Norma is a regular speaker at national and state-wide conferences with leadership trainings that instill a strong sense of ownership among stakeholders from all sectors and show her passion for community revitalization.

The Great American Main Street Awards: An Insider's Guide to Applying for and Winning GAMSA

It is that time of year again (a little early this year!) - the Great American Main Street Award applications will be available Wednesday, August 6. Join NMSC staff and a previous winner on Thursday, August 14 for an insider's perspective on how to put together a great application - and get a taste of what winning GAMSA can do for your community.

Park Smart: Best Parking Practices for Your Main Street, presented by DESMAN Parking

Parking is a topic – or often, a problem - that nearly every Main Street community deals with at some point. Not enough parking supply? Is your parking lot an eyesore? Do employees park in coveted spots close to your Main Street businesses? In “Park Smart: Best Parking Practices for Your Main Street,” experts from DESMAN Parking address these critical questions and share best practices topics from shared parking to sustainability to and rates and time limits.

Members can view the webinar free here.