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What is Main Street America?

15 August 2017 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Economic Development Director Lara Fritts, and Matt Wagner, VP of Revitalization Programs announce the official Main Street Designation of the Granary District and State Street at Fisher Brewery in March. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Economic Development Director Lara Fritts, and Matt Wagner, VP of Revitalization Programs announce the official Main Street Designation of the Granary District and State Street at Fisher Brewery in March.

Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique. Working together, the Main Street America network helps to breathe new life into the places people call home.

The Main Street movement grew out of a recognition that a community is only as strong as its core. In an era when many people had given up hope about the commercial and cultural viability of downtown, and when suburbs, shopping malls, and big box retailers were dominating the American landscape, this seemed like an unlikely proposition. But, over the last four decades, the Main Street movement has proven that downtowns are the heart of our communities, and that a community is only as strong as its core.

Partnering with the National Main Street Center is a natural alliance for Local First Utah, the leader of the “buy local” movement in Utah, and we are delighted to bring Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs for the National Main Street Center, to the Independent Business Conference: Building a City of Neighborhoods.

Salt Lake City has a number of unique, diverse neighborhoods. Two of these neighborhoods, State Street and the Granary District, both recently received Main Street America designation by the National Main Street Center.

Main Street empowers communities to set their own destinies, and communities with a high ratio of independent, locally owned businesses experience higher rates of connectivity and stability in their communities. As Local First Utah partners with the National Main Street Center, we will be working to apply their proved tactics to neighborhoods throughout Salt Lake City – both those that can benefit from Main Street’s expertise in revitalization, as well as those who can benefit from promotional or design expertise.

Join us on Tuesday, September 12th as we hear from Dionne Baux regarding “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.”

Today’s revitalization efforts are defined and impacted to a greater degree than ever by shifting demographics, changes in consumer shopping and transitions within our local, regional and national economies.  These changes have significant implications for the development and growth of entrepreneurs.   Conference attendees will walk take away with “real life” examples commercial revitalization practitioners implemented to support a robust ecosystem in support of new and growing entrepreneurs.

 

Tickets are on sale now, $50 for the full day event, and $35 for the conference only. The full day event includes the conference, lunch, and neighborhood tour of the Granary and State Street Districts, with stops at the unique businesses that are defining these communities.