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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.

    How does it work?

    I was looking at information on the Main Street Program (the National One). Can some one better explain how it works, and what we would have to do to get the program here in PA?
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    There is not easy answer to that question. The Main Street Program at the national level promotes a concept of downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization based on the four themes of historic preservation, organization, ecoomic restructuring, and promotion. Its success lies in that is is comprehensive. Too many efforts fail because they just focus on ne element. The reason I can't give you a good answer is that the Main Street Program is implemented at the state level, and is different in every state. In Wisconsin it is competitive, and only 1-3 communities are accepted every year. In Illinois, if you want to become a Main Street community, all you have to do is say "me too." In Wisconsin, all they receive is technical training. Other states provide grant funds. Your best bet may be to identify states that are considered good examples, and gather information about them.

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    Cyburbian SGB's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve
    You already have a state downtown program affiliated with the National Main Street Center:

    Pennsylvania Downtown Center

    PM me if you'd like some specific info on how this works at the local level. I helped start a downtown revitalization program affiliated with NMSC in a previous job.

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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Paris of Appalachia
    The Main Street program in administered in PA by the Department of Community and Economic Development(DCED).


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    Cyburbian H's avatar
    Feb 2003
    I went to their conference in 2001 in Indianapolis, and really learned the ins and outs. Also at the time I was doing a report on the Mississippi Main Street Program, they have a great one. I met with the state organizer, and the coordinator for Natchez and Port Gibson programs.

    Let me know if the info I gathered would help.

    Also I am sure the checked the main web site, it is full of information on the organizational structure.


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