Mentoring and Coaching the next generation of downtown leaders

This semester we are serving as a mentor to a young commercial corridor manager who is participating in a ten week Drexel University class on Neighborhood Economic Development. We spoke to this class on May 10, 2017 about board management and fundraising for commercial corridors. The mentoring role for this class is new and designed to create an ongoing relationship between generations of downtown revitalization professionals. We have been coaching Main Street managers with difficult...

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Tacony CDC New Strategic Plan Adopted

We have worked with the Tacony Community Development Corporation in Philadelphia since they began their revitalization journey in 2011 and this is the second time that we have completed a five-year Strategic Plan for them.  Over the last five years. the Tacony Community Development Corporation’s Board of Trustees, volunteers, and staff have been promoting the corridor’s variety of retail, restaurants, and service businesses, hosting retail events, helping existing...

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Downtown Idea Exchange Interview on Nominating Committeees

We are always interested in working with reporters on articles where we have some expertise to offer, and was delighted to sit for an interview with Shiela Grant of the Downtown Idea Exchange  last month to talk about improving board service for Main Street organizations.   Please read the article here.  Let us know if this information rings true for you too.  

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Strategic Plan for Main Street Howell DDA (MI

We are wrapping up a five month Strategic Planning effort for one of the Master Level Communities in Michigan Main Street this month. Howell has a handsome downtown with only a few vacancies, and is seeing a flurry of new businesses come to town. Far from being a small town between Lansing and Detroit, Howell is a county seat with two cultural anchors, a recently renovated downtown movie theater showing Indy films, and the Opera House which is used a performance venue. See the Survey Report...

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The Power of Thank You Blog Post for Main Street Center

We don’t do it enough, say thank you, that is. We published a recent blog post as the Main Street Story of the Week called The Power of Thank You, primarily as a reminder how important these two words are to every Main Street organization. Read it here.    

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