Fundraising Consultation in West Virginia

In mid-December, we made a quick trip to Ronceverte, WV to visit with their 15-year-old downtown development corporation/Main Street to discuss fundraising strategies for the coming year. A small town of about 1,700, in a Southeast section of the state, had survived a debilitating flood in 2016. While the downtown looks like it has recovered, there is still much concern about the future, especially related to raising unrestricted operating funds.   For this assignment, we...

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Speaking at National Main Street Center in Seattle

We enjoy submitting panel presentations of clients who have done exceptional work on a topic for the National Main Street Now conference. This year our clients in Tacony and Roxborough in Philadelphia, and Metuchen in Central New Jersey will talk about their work on “Catalyst Projects Yield Extraordinary Results for Downtowns" at the Main Street conference in Seattle on March 26th. Here is what the panel discussion is about: Downtown organizations with a strategic plan, market...

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A new BID for Plainfield

In early October we worked with the newly incorporated Plainfield, NJ Special Improvement District Board to host a half-day workshop for their board. The group needed ideas for staffing the organization and we provided a series of alternatives, along with a budget to fit the anticipated SID revenues. The goal was to help the Board to organize around the Main Street Four Point Approach so that they could pick projects to undertake in months before year-end and in 2019.  We provided job...

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Funding Revitalization Programs Webinars

This past summer we recorded three 90 minute webinars on funding revitalization programs for the National Main Street Center, which are available on demand from the center’s in-reach platform. While part of the Main Street America Institute training suite of programs, anyone can pay the $275 fee to listen to the three webinars on Advanced Principles of Revitalization. This is what the Main Street Center says about the webinars: "An essential piece of building a successful Main...

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Evaluating Camden County History Week

With all the anticipation of Camden County History Week, (October 13 to 21, 2018) we felt that it was important to formally evaluate this event so that we could get direct feedback from visitors, the historic sites, and history organizations that hosted activities during the nine-day event. We were successful in obtaining a $5,000 grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust License Plate Grant for Heritage Tourism for this work. T We collected visitor surveys from the 32 organizations open for...

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