Vital Economies, Thriving Places: A Look at the Main Street Approach

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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For close to 40 years, thousands of cities and towns across the country have used the Main Street Approach to revitalize their local economies in small towns, mid-sized cities and urban neighborhood commercial districts. In total, communities taking part in the Main Street program have generated $65.6 billion in public and private reinvestment, rehabilitated 260,011 buildings, and experienced a net gain of 556,960 jobs and 126,476 net new businesses. As any city leader knows, this level of impact does not occur by chance alone. The Main Street Approach provides municipalities with a practical, actionable framework to bring renewed vitality and enhanced quality of life to downtown. In this session you will learn through moderated roundtable discussions how the Main Street Approach has transformed communities large and small. Hear from elected officials and local Main Street program directors to understand how Main Street works in action.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Urban Plan for Elected Officials| Friday, November 17


  • Patrice Frey President and CEO - National Main Street Center





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