Monday, August 25, 2008

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 25, 2008


OCTOBER 6-8, DESTINATION DOWNTOWN, BAY ST. LOUIS, MS

 

Main Street Arkansas Calendar August 25 -29, 2008 

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MONDAY            Nancy, Susan & Mark – Sheridan (tech visit); Caroline, Batesville (pm)            
TUESDAY           Susan, Helena; Cary & Greg, El Dorado     

WEDNESDAY    Nancy & Cary – Pine Bluff               
THURSDAY        Susan, Searcy   
FRIDAY               Cary – off

 

MONDAY             - LABOR DAY, office closed         

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IN THIS ISSUE:

 

MSR LEADERSHIP CHANGE

8 COMMON VALUES OF SUCCESSFUL DOWNTOWNS

REAKONOMICS & SUBURBIA

12 LESSONS ON DOWNTOWN RETAILING

GRANT OPPORTUNITY

BICYCLE RACKS

COLLECTION OF HISTORIC BUSINESS SIGNS

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

BROWNFIELDS INFORMATION

TORUISM IN ARKANSAS

RETAIL PROMOTIONS THAT WORK WEBINAR

2 MORE GRANT OPPORTUNITES

 

It is with great sadness I share the news that Marge Wolf, executive director of Main Street Rogers, has accepted a new position with the NW Arkansas Food Bank.  We will miss her greatly. 

 

Rogers Seeks New Leader

http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/234802/

 

8 Common Values All Successful Downtowns Embrace, per Alex Krieger, formerly of Harvard's Graduate School of Design

http://www.businessreport.com/news/2008/jul/28/eight-enough-edvl1/

 

Freakonomics asks "What is the future of Suburbian?"

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/what-is-the-future-of-suburbia-a-freakonomics-quorum/?hp

 

12 Lessons on Downtown Retailing Today

http://www.lisc.org/content/publications/detail/7410/.

 

American Trails Education & Information Project Grant

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=42647

 

Creative Bicycle Racks (designed, in part, by David Byrne)

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/arts/design/09bike.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=david%20byrne&st=cse&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

-          many of you have used DTR money for bike racks, I encourage those of you who are looking at doing that in the future to be creative in the bike rack's design.  For examples, see the photos of the racks designed by the former Talking Head

 

Great Collection of Historic Business Signs

http://www.flickr.com/photos/society_in_decline/sets/72157594323475636/detail/

 

Funding to Promote Food Retail Guide

http://www.healthyplanning.org/foodretailfunding.html

 

Brownfields Conference Call to Answer FAQs

 

In anticipation of the soon to be released FY09 Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, and Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant Proposal Guidelines, EPA Region 6 will host conference call sessions to answer grant proposal questions concerning threshold and ranking criteria.

Questions and responses can relate to Threshold Criteria, eligibility of proposed grant budget cost, Cleanup and RLF cost share eligibility, and clarifications on guidelines Ranking Criteria.

 

Link to FAQs:

http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/publications/fy2009faqs.pdf

 

The following conference call sessions have been scheduled:

   Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Grant Proposals:

   Thursday, August 28, 9:30am - 10:30am Central Time

   Cleanup Grant Proposals:

   Thursday, August 28, 1:30pm - 2:30pm Central Time

   Assessment (Coalition) Grant Proposals:

   Tuesday, September 9, 9:30am - 10:30am Central Time

Join the conference with the following access number:

                 Conference Call Number: (866)299-3188

                     Participants Code: 2146657273

 

Please contact  Dorothy Crawford (214-665-2771) or Karen Peycke

(214-665-7273) if you need additional information.

 

FYI.  Just released publication concerning RLF grants:

 

The Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization just posted, Unlocking Brownfields Redevelopment: Establishing a Local Revolving Loan Fund Program, EPA-560-F-08-280 (August 2008) on our website.

http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

 

Arkansas Working to Build Image as Tourist, Business Locale

http://arkansasbusiness.com/printable.asp?aid=107235

 

Retail Promotions That Work Webinar

With Kathy LaPlante - National Trust Main Street Center (Read Bio)

Date & Time: Friday, September 26 - 1:00-2:00 pm EDT

Sidewalk sales, moonlight madness, holiday open houses... are the "ho-hum" retail events boring even you? Learn from a marketing and promotions innovator about new, more effective retail sales and events that are producing increased revenue for merchants in Main Street communities around the country. Get the basics of how to plan and fund retail activities, and discover new techniques for getting merchants to participate.

If you sign-up for this webinar, we encourage you to invite your Promotions Committee Chair or a couple of leading merchants to join you in your office for the presentation. It's one more way of enlisting support and leadership to help jump start a future retail event in your commercial district.

Register today

 

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=42673

 

Funds for Skateboard Parks in Low-Income Communities

Tony Hawk Foundation
The mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth. The principal focus of the Foundation's grant program is to facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new, quality skateboard parks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation looks for projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built by qualified and experienced skateboard park contractors and include local skaters in the design process. Upcoming application deadlines are October 1, 2008, and March 2, 2009. Visit the website listed above to access the online application information.

 

 

 

 

Cary Tyson

Director

Main Street Arkansas

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

1500 Tower Building

323 Center Street

Little Rock, AR 72201

 

501.324.9186 voice

501.324.9184 fax

 

Visit our website at: www.MainStreetArkansas.org Sign up for our free e-newsletter at: http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/enews/  and check out our blog at: http://mainstreetarkansas.blogspot.com/ or visit our myspace page at www.myspace.com/mainstreetarkansas and befriend us on Facebook

Link to me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/carytyson

 

The mission of Main Street Arkansas is to be the leading resource for communities seeking to revitalize their historic downtown commercial districts and to provide technical assistance and expertise to designated Main Street Arkansas communities through the implementation of the National Trust's Main Street Center's comprehensive Four-Point Approach™.   Main Street Arkansas is a preservation-based economic development program housed in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. 

 




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