New Research from Brookings and the National Main Street Center on the Value of Main Street Organizations

Source: New Research from Brookings and the National Main Street Center on the Value of Main Street Organizations | By: Mike Powe, Ph.D., Director of Research, NMSC, and Hanna Love, Senior Research Analyst, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings InstitutionDecember 1, 2020

The National Main Street Center and the Brookings Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking released new collaborative research focused on the role that place governance organizations, like Main Street programs, play in revitalizing rural downtowns and promoting equitable rural economic and community development. The research briefs represent in-depth insights from on-the-ground data collection conducted in three Main Street communities between February and March 2020—Emporia, Kansas; Laramie, Wyoming; and Wheeling, West Virginia.

Capturing insights directly from residents, small business owners, and leaders, the series illuminates ways local Main Street programs are at the vanguard of rural downtown revitalization and the ways Main Street can be critical to community resilience and recovery. In addition to their potential for inspiring new ideas, we hope the series can serve as a tool for Main Street organizations to advocate for greater support for your programs.

Click here to learn more and read all four of the briefs.

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