Design Guidelines for West Orange Winding up

As a mature Main Street, New Jersey program, West Orange needed comprehensive design guidelines to help their organization make the most of their Sign and Awning matching grant program.  Their commercial district, comprised of four commercial nodes strung along a mile and a half long Main Street in northern NJ, has a typical mix of small traditional commercial buildings from the early 20th century and newer construction.  We worked with a small committee to prepare their first ever...

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Metuchen Strategic Plan Begins

The Metuchen (NJ) Downtown Alliance, http://www.downtownmetuchen.org/ and a newly formed Special Improvement District in central NJ, is starting off their revitalization efforts with a bang by commissioning both a retail market analysis and a new Strategic Plan. Our November SWOT Workshop was overflowing with more 60 participants - a record turnout. Over 420 people participated in the Online Consumer and Stakeholder Survey, an impressive result in just three weeks during the holiday season. We...

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Metuchen Strategic Plan Begins

The Metuchen (NJ) Downtown Alliance, http://www.downtownmetuchen.org/ and a newly formed Special Improvement District in central NJ, is starting off their revitalization efforts with a bang by commissioning both a retail market analysis and a new Strategic Plan. Our November SWOT Workshop was overflowing with more 60 participants - a record turnout. Over 420 people participated in the Online Consumer and Stakeholder Survey, an impressive result in just three weeks during the holiday season. We...

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Ardmore PA Strategic Plan Begins

We are delighted to be working with the Ardmore Initiative in Ardmore, PA, the largest of Lower Merion Township’s commercial districts on the Main Line. For this longstanding business improvement district, we are preparing a Strategic Plan and providing advice on their retail market analysis and business recruitment plans.  Our Strategic Plan research will take place throughout 2017, while 320 new housing units are in construction and nearby Suburban Square adds new retail space as...

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Board Training in DE and NJ

We have been offering workshops on Roles and Responsibilities for Board and Staff in Revitalization Organizations for the last twenty-three years, and believe we have presented this workshop at least 200 times during our work with Main Street organizations.  For local downtown organizations, this two-hour worship provides baseline information for new and eager board members who need to understand their legal duties as fiduciaries and trustees of nonprofit corporations in their state. This...

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