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If you haven't already, please take a look at Jenny Coronel's post Envisioning a Future Middle Main. The ideas generated at our May community planning and visioning session will guide our streetscape work for the next year.
This week in Des Moines IA is the National Main Streets Conference. Here's some highlights from the opening plenary:
- Skowhegan Maine - 19th-century jail repurposed as community food hub and creative incubator space
- Mollala, Oregon - 22 new businesses opened last year in their Main Street District
- Rockland, Maine - bookstore bought with a two-month, $5,000 online fundraising campaign
- Cambridge, Maryland - two temporary pop-up shops in vacant storefronts as trial runs for entrepreneurs
- Charles City, Iowa - smalles community in Iowa to reach $20 million in private investment
From "The Future Belongs to Main Streets", six key takeaways from the 2011 State of Main Street Report:
- Main St. communities are holding steady. Despite lower investment, they enjoy good economic health.
- Mom & pop shops are still struggling. Business development helps bottom lines, but not necessarily job growth.
- A lot of the entrepreneurs are from out of town (and even pop up overnight).
- Think “Hot Green.” Sustainability/smart growth/green issues continue to mature.
- Government funding changes/cuts are affecting Main Streets all around the country.
- The public has a growing interest in the Main Street cause, in large part due to higher visibility in news & communities.
By participating in Middle Main Revitalization, you are bringing this energy and interest in Main Streets to Poughkeepsie. Communities across the country are showing that by making the best use of local expertise and culture, they are finding ways to thrive in difficult economic times.
If you haven't already, please take our online Streetscape Improvements Survey (English or Español)