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City Council approves board for Enterprise Main Street

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

Enterprise Main Street has its first Board of Directors.

A 13-member board as well as an additional seven non-voting, ex-officio members will be working with Enterprise Main Street Director Cassidi Kendrick. The project, part of Main Street Alabama, next will takes its first steps toward planning and preparing for the future prosperity of the city’s traditional downtown business district.

The Enterprise City Council on Tuesday night approved the 13 Board of Directors.

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Renovation coming to Masonic Temple in Birmingham

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

The renovation of Birmingham's Masonic Temple is just a few months away.

The empty building - an economic and cultural hub of Birmingham’s early African-American community - is also a key part of redevelopment planned for the city’s northwest quadrant.

Project developer Irvin Henderson told property owners in the civil rights district that work to turn the building into an economic incubator should begin this summer and finish by summer of 2021.

"The northwest quadrant plan really gives us an opportunity to sync a lot of plans together to actually use the masonic temple as a catalyst for a number of other development opportunities" says Urban Impact Executive Director Ivan Holloway.

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Opportunity Alabama wins national award and grant

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

Opportunity Alabama, the nation’s first nonprofit organization to create a marketplace for Opportunity Zone (OZ) investment in a state, has been named the best OZ organization in the U.S. for rural communities.

Forbes, in partnership with the Sorenson Impact Center, examined more than 100 OZ organizations around the country, judging them on the Opportunity Zone Reporting Framework, which prioritizes community benefit and engagement, transparency and impact. Forbes awarded Opportunity Alabama the grand prize Feb. 5, saying the organization is the best in its category of connecting OZ communities, investors and entrepreneurs, plus larger institutions like banks, universities and development organizations.

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Main Street Wetumpka Receives Grant for Signage

Posted on Feb 13, 2020

Main Street Wetumpka receives grant for signage that will mark the locations that films like "Big Fish" and "The Rosa Parks Story" were shot in the downtown.

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Birmingham’s innovation district expands, rebrands

Posted on Jan 31, 2020

Birmingham’s innovation district has a new name and a bigger footprint. Tuesday night during the Velocity Accelerator 2020 announcement at Innovation Depot, The Switch was unveiled as the city’s new epicenter of innovation. David Fleming, CEO of REV Birmingham, said The Switch brings partners across 14 Birmingham organizations together in harmony with Birmingham’s new City Center Master Plan.

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Opelika slowly clearing hurdles to growth, oanow.com

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

The city of Opelika has been growing over the last decade, and that shows no signs of slowing down.

The city’s downtown district has welcomed a number of restaurants, shops and businesses that are giving new life to old storefronts.

That’s happening, in part, because City Engineer Matt Mosley and his department have worked with Opelika Main Street to get people into those downtown properties.

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Montevallo mayor shares updates in State of the City address

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

“Every year, we get stronger,” Cost said. “We’re doing a lot of things right here. Thanks for making Montevallo what it is.” Read more about what Mayor Cost has to say about Montevallo Main Street's success in their downtown.

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Main Street Scottsboro Director Position Open

Posted on Jan 15, 2020

The City of Scottsboro Alabama is hiring a new Director for Main Street Scottsboro. This position is also the Events & Marketing Coordinator for the city. See more details and apply online by visiting www.cityofscottsboro.com.

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Montevallo Main Street recaps 2019 successes

Posted on Jan 10, 2020

"Montevallo Main Street has shared a 2019 Impact Report recapping the city’s business and community accomplishments from the last year.

The report details new business openings, volunteer hours, building improvements, membership, events and Main Street Alabama awards Montevallo logged in 2019.

'2019 was an amazing year for Montevallo’s Main Street District,' Executive Director Courtney Bennett said. 'We saw a lot of new faces downtown, with 10 new businesses and a church opening.'"

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Monroeville's Courthouse Museum finalist in Partners in Preservation

Posted on Sep 25, 2019

First property in rural Alabama in this national program! Please vote daily!

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Mississippi Main Street seeks Director of Community Development

Posted on Jul 23, 2019

The Director of Community Development for the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) is responsible for coordinating and supervising all member organizations and working with each community on their program service needs. This person shall serve as the liaison between MMSA and member communities. The Director of Community Development will also ensure that each member community is compliant with MMSA policies and procedures as set forth by the National Main Street Center and the MMSA Board of Directors.

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'We Have Everything'

Posted on Jul 16, 2019

Once a “ghost town,” downtown Gadsden is booming thanks, in part, to Main Street Alabama.

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Main Street Alabama Selects Birmingham’s Historic 4thAvenue Business District for Revitalization Program

Posted on Jun 03, 2019

Birmingham’s Historic 4thAvenue Business District, a district managed by Urban Impact, has been selected to join a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization that uses a national model with a 40-year track record of success, designated the towns after a rigorous application process.

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Main Street Alabama Selects Calera for Revitalization Program

Posted on Jun 03, 2019

Calera has been selected to join a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization that uses a national model with a 40-year track record of success, designated the towns after a rigorous application process.

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Main Street Alabama selects Enterprise for revitalization program

Posted on Jun 03, 2019

Enterprise has been selected to join a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization that uses a national model with a 40-year track record of success, designated the towns after a rigorous application process.

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Main Street Alabama selects Headland for revitalization program

Posted on Jun 03, 2019

Headland has been selected to join a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization that uses a national model with a 40-year track record of success, designated the towns after a rigorous application process.

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Opelika Main Street Seeks Executive Director

Posted on Apr 02, 2019

The Main Street executive director coordinates all aspects of the downtown Opelika historic and business districts, including historic preservation, district events and activities, and business growth. He/she is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the Main Street program as set forth by the Opelika Main Street Board of Directors.

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FOLEY HIRES MAIN STREET DIRECTOR

Posted on Jan 29, 2019

In 2018, the City of Foley was selected to become a designated Main Street Community. Main Street, a national organization, focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to commercial districts across the state. Economic development is at the heart of the organization’s efforts to revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods. Foley joins 22 other communities across Alabama as Main Street designated cities.

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Main Street IS Economic Development- Alabama Municipal Journal

Posted on Sep 21, 2018

“Every community and commercial district is different, with its own distinctive assets and sense of place. The Main Street
ApproachTM offers community-based revitalization initiatives with a practical, adaptable framework for downtown
transformation that is easily tailored to local conditions.

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Awards of Excellence Winners Announced in Eufaula

Posted on Sep 07, 2018

Main Street Alabama was pleased to honor these exceptional projects during the Awards of Excellence Banquet on August 23, 2018, which was declared Main Street Alabama Day by Governor Kay Ivey.

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Alabama Magazine: On the Town

Posted on Aug 06, 2018

WITH AN EYE TOWARD REVITALIZING HISTORIC TOWNS THROUGHOUT OUR STATE, MAIN STREET ALABAMA SEEKS TO ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN A NUMBER OF WAYS.

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South Huntsville Business Association Hires Executive Director BEKAH SCHMIDT

Posted on Aug 06, 2018

The South Huntsville Business Association has selected Bekah Schmidt as the organization’s new Executive Director.

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Main Street Alabama kick-off event held at Hotel Magnolia

Posted on Jun 27, 2018

The City of Foley held a Main Street Alabama kick-off celebration at the Hotel Magnolia on Thur., June 21, which was attended by city officials, Main Street officials, and many business owners in the area. The evening celebrated Foley’s recent acceptance into the Main Street Alabama program, and what that acceptance will mean to the city.

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South Huntsville Business Association Seeks Executive Director

Posted on Jun 08, 2018

The South Huntsville Business Association (SHBA) was established to support, promote, and advocate, for our South Huntsville businesses. We are looking for a full time Executive Director to help us carry out our mission.

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Foley Selected for revitalization effort

Posted on Jun 08, 2018

The city of Foley has been selected to join the downtown revitalization effort Main Street Alabama, a program City Planner Miriam Boutwell first heard about four years ago and began working for the designation.

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Three new communities added to Main Street Alabama

Posted on Jun 05, 2018

A popular downtown revitalization program has chosen three communities to be added to its efforts.

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"Main Street Alabama" chooses Huntsville, Scottsboro for new communities

Posted on Jun 05, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Huntsville will soon be getting ready for a new development.

The city, along with the South Huntsville Business Association (SHBA) announced that South Huntsville has been selected for one of three new “Main Street Alabama” designated communities in Alabama in 2018.

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Trisha Black speaks about Main Street Alabama

Posted on Jun 05, 2018

The Enterprise Farmers Market was filled with business owners, city officials, and council members for a Main Street Alabama presentation Thursday evening.

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