Spanning seven years and seven blocks, St. Paul finally completed its comprehensive downtown infrastructure project in 2019. Lead by the town, with input from St. Paul Tomorrow’s Design Committee in the early stages, this $16 million project reconstructed the stormwater system, sidewalks, curbing, roadways, crosswalks, water lines and sanitary sewer lines. The need for upgrading … More 2020 Best Public Improvement Project: St. Paul
Promoting Main Street takes many forms, but the ultimate goal is to position the downtown as the hub of the community and economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics. To generate foot-traffic and spending in local eateries and businesses, you need an effective downtown business promotion. At the recent … More 2020 Merit Awards: Best Downtown Business Promotion – Strasburg
Now, more than ever, we need an inspired and goal driven project that will lift the spirits and vitality of our local economies! So, listen up! The 2020 Main Street Idea Pitch competition is going virtual November 17, 11 a.m., and the application is open now. It is a chance to flex your chops presenting … More We Need the Main Street Idea Pitch!
Thank you to the speakers, staff, and all who participated in our first Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference. The event was full of little experiments. Having the guts to take a chance, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. We are discovering our entrepreneurial spirit, much like your Main Street programs and the small businesses … More It’s a wrap! Recordings Available for Our DI20 Virtual Conference
Have you and your community partners ever gotten stuck on a major initiative? To succeed, Main Street must show visible results that can only come from completing projects – both short- and long-term activities that add up to meaningful change. Yet, before any undertaking, local leaders need to work together to identify key strategies that … More DI20 Day Three: Move the Conversation Around Action!
The Main Street Approach is most effective in places where community residents have a strong emotional, social and civic connection and are motivated to get involved and make a difference. To hold up this principle for a sustainable revitalization effort, day two of the Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference focuses on cultivating community relationships for investment, … More DI20 Day Two Content You Cannot Miss!
Join us June 9 from 11 a.m.-noon for the preconference* webinar, Basic Principles of Main Street Promotion. Travis Brown, director of business development for Rokusek and Maestro Community Manager, will dive into dynamic and effective promotion – not just great events, but effective marketing and communication to keep your organization and downtown at the forefront … More Register Now – Promoting Main Street (webinar)!
Join us May 26 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for the preconference* webinar, Basic Principles of Sustainable Organization. Building a healthy organizational foundation is key to attracting engagement and investment for your commercial district revitalization efforts. Whether you are positioned in a long-standing program or starting anew, this webinar will give you tools in three key … More Webinar – Basic Principles of Sustainable Organization
Achievement recognition and a chance to secure $5,000 to implement a downtown project?! Call to action: Throw your hat in the ring! We are now accepting 2020 Virginia Merit Award Nominations and applications for the Main Street Idea Pitch. Virginia Main Street invites you to submit Merit Award Nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown … More Two Ways to Toot Your Community Horn!
Our guest blogger is Downtown Lynchburg Association Executive Director Ashley Kershner. Lynchburg is beyond excited to host the 2019 Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections. Downtown Lynchburg is a vibrant, charming locale studded with unique and creative local businesses. We hope that while you’re here to visit, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all that downtown … More Lynchburg Invites You to Explore!