Minnesota Main Street hosted its first basic training on August 17-18 at the Indigo Room in Red Wing, MN. MN Main Street, the state coordinating organization for the National Main Street Program, has kicked off their first year with 4 newly Designated Main Street Program Communities and 8 Main Street Associate Member Communities. Over 60 participants attended the first basic training! The training attracted folks from the new Main Street designated communities, associate communities, and some new communities. The two day program was loaded with valuable information on starting and maintaining a successful Main Street program with an equal focus on each aspect of the Main Street Four Point Approach ®: organization, promotion, economic restructuring, and design. The speakers stressed that the Main Street program is a grass roots effort that will mobilize and thrive with support from businesses and residents alike.
The Center for Rural Design applauds MN Main Street's efforts and looks forward to the development of the state and the communities' programs. Rural downtowns are environmental, cultural and economic epicenters that impact and are affected by the surrounding areas and the greater regions. Gaining community support to preserve and enhance downtown areas can get more community members involved in local issues, increase quality of life, and support economic development.
This basic training event is the first step in a series of educational activities that the MN Main Street Program has coordinated for this year. Please visit the MN Main Street website for the most up to date information on the next events and how to get involved.
Tracey Kinney, AICP, Associate ASLA, CRD Research Fellow and MN Main Street Steering Committee Member.