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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Main Street Program Can Help!

Here is a posting of note from the President and CEO of the National Main Street Center:
As I'm sure you've heard, the City of Detroit, site of next year's National  Main Streets Conference, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in federal court last Thursday. As headlines across the nation point out, Detroit becomes the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. This filing has major  implications for the future of Detroit and numerous cities around the country facing similar situations.


No doubt you have also seen images on the news of the blight and other challenges facing the city. However, despite this news, we are still looking forward to Detroit hosting our conference next May 18-21. Why?

Simply put, we see bankruptcy as a re-boot of the city's economy-as an opportunity for growth and regeneration, not as a signal to cut and run. No  one knows more about restarting communities than Main Street, with its 30+  year track record of re-energizing communities and a proven strategy for doing so.


We need look no farther than Michigan to see evidence of the Main Street Approach's success. With three Great American Main Street Award winners in the last four years and a track record of stimulating more than $674 million in private investment and nearly 8,000 new jobs, Michigan offers abundant examples of civic leaders, citizens, and business owners overcoming the obstacles to downtown revitalization, capitalizing on their advantages, and preserving their heritage.


The National Main Streets Conference is a golden opportunity, much in the way our 2006 annual conference in post-Katrina New Orleans was, to bring the best Main Street has to bear on a city very much in transition. We will  not only be coming with our toolbox of best practices and time-tested solutions, but with an open mind as well, eager to learn from Detroit as a laboratory for fresh ideas, including the use of art and culture to drive regeneration, urban farming on vacant land, pop-ups in empty buildings, and  entrepreneurism of all kinds.


As Main Streeters, we see Detroit's challenges as opportunities and are inspired by the many talented people working together to make Detroit and Michigan a better place. Come see their innovative work for yourself, and lend your expertise and support to the Motor City.


Warm Regards,


Patrice Frey,

President & CEO, National Main Street Center, Inc.


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The 2014 National Main Streets

will celebrate, learn from and share ideas to help and empower those that make Main Street work: program managers, entrepreneurs, volunteers, business owners, students, teachers, and artists. Main Streets across the country - from small downtowns to mid-size cities to urban neighborhoods - share similar challenges. Learn more and submit a proposal<http://my.preservationnation.org/site/R?i=LhzJVqf4J2LXHKQtV282aQ>

1 comment:

Rachel Goodstein said...

Right here in Rogers City there is an urgent main street project underway.

The kickstarter campaign to raise the funds so the Rogers City Theater can go digital. The deadline for raising $100,000 is Sept 28, 2013 at 10am EDT.

As of Sept 8 afternoon, 319 backers have pledged $76,199.

We have 19 days to raise the rest.

If you are reading this please please please pledge, ask your friends etc to pledge and post our link on the social media you use.

Here’s the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/592037365/save-the-rogers-city-theater

There is no possible benefit to Rogers City if the movie theater goes dark and no longer shows first run movies.

Thanks a bunch for your support,
Rachel Goodstein
the kickstarter campaign spearheaded.