Over the last couple of years, the National Main Street Center has developed a "Refresh" of the Main Street framework to ensure that it remains the country's most effective approach to traditional commercial district revitalization. Primary among these methods is the use of Community or Economic Transformation Strategies – a plan of action to achieve specific economic results that transform the community to a desired state.
Communities typically will find two to three Community Transformation Strategies are needed to help reach a community vision. These strategies will focus on both long and short-term actions that will move a community closer to achieving its goals. Work on these strategies would align with the four key areas Main Streets have been using as a guiding framework for over 35 years: Economic Vitality, Promotion, Design, and Organization, known collectively as the Main Street Four Points.
Lani Lott, of the Arizona Downtown Alliance, has over 20 years' experience in the field of downtown development and economic revitalization with a variety of entities and organizations throughout the southwest.
David Crummey, Founding Member, RAILmesa: Retail, Arts, Innovation, & Livability, has worked directly with cities, businesses, community organizations, and nonprofits to strategize and focus work at both the large and small scale to benefit residents and support small-business. Bringing community back into the public realm is a grounding force for his efforts.
Eric Vondy, Preservation Incentives Programs Coordinator with the State Historic Preservation Office at Arizona State Parks. Bio will be updated soon.
Save the Date For Future Webinars:
Generating Solution for Rural Development: Bridging Education and the Workforce for Strong Communities
Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30am
Generating Solutions for Rural Development: A 'Refresh' of the National Main Street Framework - Part 2
Date: March 15, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am