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Transformative change for Main Streets | June 6, 2024Main Street NewsI had so many eye-opening conversations about ability, placemaking, health, property ownership, and more, and I’m returning to my day-to-day work with new ways of thinking our work and how we find power in our wisdom and strength through our connections with one another.

President and CEO Erin Barnes reflects on her first Main Street Now Conference and shares five aspirations for the Main Street Movement.
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From left: Tim Colbeck, Tania Moody, Austin Sims, Hannah Davis, Dawn Mackey, Wayne Carter.

Meet the 2024 MSARP RecipientsOn May 8, Main Street America conferred the 2024 Main Street America Revitalization Professional credential recipients. The joyous ceremony celebrated eight leaders for their dedication to the Movement and recognized their completion of rigorous professional development curriculum. Join us in congratulating Wayne Carter, Chaise Cope, Tim Colbeck, Hannah Davis, Thomas Gregory, Dawn Mackey, Tania Moody, and Austin Sims on achieving this prestigious credential! Read More

From left: Tim Colbeck, Tania Moody, Austin Sims, Hannah Davis, Dawn Mackey, Wayne Carter. © Tosha Gaines Photography/Main Street America

Events & Opportunities

Spring 2024 Small Business Survey
We want to hear from small business owners.
Due Jun. 19

T-Mobile Hometown Grants
 Projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces.
Due Jun. 30Route 66 Call for Stories
Share your Route 66 story with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Rolling Submissions

Community Heart and Soul Seed Grants
Funding to implement the CHS model in your town.
Rolling ApplicationsWebinar: How to Build a Better Building Inventory with the BOOMS TrackerMain Street America recently launched a property and vacancy inventory tool, the Building Opportunities on Main Street (BOOMS) Tracker. Join the Main Street America Research Team for a webinar on June 20 at 2:00 p.m. CDT where they’ll showcase the tool’s functionality, lead a live demonstration of how quick and easy it is to enter data, and answer any questions you might have about how you can use this tool to understand and unlock opportunities in your community.

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Program Spotlight

Transformation Strategy Visits with Indiana Main Street

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Transformation strategies are a powerful tool to help Main Streets identify, utilize, and promote their unique assets. Main Street America works with Coordinating Programs to provide training to help them support their local Main Street programs in identifying and implementing their unique transformation strategies. Recently, Program Officer Jackie Swihart sat down with Abby Huff at Indiana Main Street to talk about their experience with transformation strategy

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Exploring Transformation Strategies

Milan Main Street leaders standing on Main Street with MSA staff.

Check out this transformation strategy guidebook from Michigan Main Street in the Knowledge Hub. It provides step-by-step instructions for selecting a transformation strategy, developing goals and measures of success, and integrating the strategy into your work.Download Here

Call for Stories: JuneteenthHow is your community celebrating Juneteenth? We are looking to spotlight exciting or interesting Juneteenth celebrations from across the network. If your Main Street has a program or event for Juneteenth, please reach out to molmos@mainstreet.org. Thank you!

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Main Street Headlines
• Main Street Morgantown hosts WV birthday celebration (W.V.) 5WDTV

• Main Street Mason City launches survey (Iowa) KIMT3
• Dangerous by Design 2024 (USA) Smart Growth America

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