News updates Summer 2016

    In April 2016, we spoke about Main Street programs for a class​ taught by good friend A. Elizabeth Watson on rural affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Program.  We were delighted to receive an achievement award at the April 2016 Downtown Delaware conference by long-term client and state coordinator Diane Laird. This fall and winter 2016 we will help Tacony Community Development Corporation to update their Strategic Plan and...

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Outreach to Immigrant Entrepreneurs panel discussion at PA Downtown Conference

We organized and moderated a session with three of our clients presenting their stories about Outreach to Immigrant Entrepreneurs at the annual Pennsylvania Downtown Center conference in Allentown PA on June 13. The well-attended session featured three of our client from the Italian Market (Thomas Gilbertson), North 5 Street Revitalization Project (Philip Green) and the Tacony Community Development Corporation (Alex Balloon), all in Philadelphia. Left to right:  Donna Ann Harris,...

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Talking Trash Crash Course

Over 90 people participated in our crash course Talking Trash:  25 Ways to Make it Disappear at the National Main Street Center’s Main Street Now conference held in Milwaukee in May. For this surprisingly popular session, Alex Balloon (of the Tacony CDC) and I included a links list of all the ideas presented. See the presentation, the links list and other bonus materials here.

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Grant Writing Successes 2016

This winter we wrote three grant applications for clients and won three for three!  For the Tacony Community Development Corporation, their successful (and fully funded) 75K Commerce Department grant will permit them to expand their work to provide technical assistance in the commercial corridor to upgrade tired facades, continue promotional events, and expand their high-quality partnerships with the Tacony Library and others.  For the North 5 Street Revitalization Project, their...

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Missouri Main Street Connection conference 2016

From July 23-27 we will be in Washington MO as a keynote speaker for the Missouri Main Street Connection’s 10th annual conference on Fundraising Truths and Myths.   We will also be conducting a half day Heritage Tourism Assessment workshop using downtown Washington MO as our laboratory. Other sessions at the conference include our ever popular Diversify Your Revenue Sources!, Main Street 3 R’s – Recruit, Retain and Recognize Volunteers and Overview of New and...

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