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Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, Inc. Bring New Placemaking Trainings to Five Pilot States

Posted on Dec 15, 2015

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the National Main Street Center, Inc. (NMSC) are launching Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities, a series of intensive trainings designed to strengthen and expand Main Street’s capacity for implementing placemaking strategies and public space improvements.

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Black joins Main Street Alabama staff as Field Services Specialist

Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Birmingham- Main Street Alabama is pleased to announce Patricia “Trisha” Black as the new Field Services Specialist. Trisha will bring seven years of Main Street experience as the Spirit of Athens Executive Director to twenty-four Main Street Alabama Downtown Network Communities. These communities have each elected to begin a downtown revitalization program and are in the beginning phase of the process. Main Street communities follow the Four Point Approach®, a national model with a 35 year proven record. The approach focuses on Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Vitality simultaneously to revitalize historic commercial districts.

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Main Street Alabama's Mary Helmer speaks on rural placemaking at the White House

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

Main Street Alabama was honored to participate at the White House Convening on Rural Placemaking on November 17th.

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Downtown- THE next development opportunity

Posted on Nov 06, 2015

Alabama is fortunate, indeed. Corporate leaders such as Google, Remington, Airbus and countless more are choosing to locate in our
state creating jobs and supporting communities.

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Fort Payne Main Street seeks executive director

Posted on Oct 23, 2015

Now Hiring
Fort Payne Main Street
Executive Director

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aLABama Downtown Laboratory session gets national attention

Posted on Sep 29, 2015

Communities thrive in the ‘Shark Tank’

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Main Street team reveals initial report for a successful downtown district

Posted on Jul 24, 2015

After interviews with community members and leaders this week, the Main Street Alabama team presented their initial findings for what a revitalized downtown Jasper could be like and provided some of the steps to make it a reality.

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Jasper revitalization team to announce findings tonight

Posted on Jul 24, 2015

After gathering information from area community members this week to determine how to best revitalize downtown Jasper, officials with Main Street Alabama are preparing to announce their initial findings.

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City of Elba Prepares for Revitalization

Posted on Jul 06, 2015

The City of Elba wasn't only celebrating the upcoming 4th of July weekend but also their city and its future plans of revitalization.

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Putman named executive director, board appointed

Posted on Jul 01, 2015

With downtown Jasper recently being named as a Main Street city, the process to revitalizing the historic downtown district moved forward Tuesday as a board was officially put in place to spearhead the project.

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Survey says downtown Decatur needs more food, entertainment

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Residents and visitors want more food, alcohol and entertainment in downtown Decatur, a survey released Tuesday found.

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Main Street Alabama designates Fort Payne as newest community

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT)- Downtown Fort Payne is one of three communities in the state of Alabama to be honored with the Main Street Alabama designation. The organization follows a renowned approach to revitalizing communities.

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Jasper to celebrate Main Street Status

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

The Downtown Jasper Business Association has a celebration planned.

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Historic downtown Oxford celebrates past, looks to future

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

Believe it or not, a newcomer to Oxford walking from the Oxford Performing Arts Center towards Main Street can easily get lost. Not lost in person, mind you, but certainly lost in history. The buildings, with their diversity and charm, provide a tangible and visible record of the town’s past.

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Fort Payne chosen for Main Street Alabama revitalization program

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

Main Street Alabama hopes to bring new jobs, businesses and visitors back to Fort Payne through its downtown revitalization program.

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Elba and Fort Payne named newest Main Street Alabama Communities

Posted on Jun 09, 2015

ECA is pleased to announce
the cities of Elba and Fort Payne have been designated as Main Street Communities! Elba and
Fort Payne join a long list of ECA member cities including Alexander City, Athens, Decatur, Dothan, Florence and Opelika all of which currently participate in Main Street Alabama. Elba and Fort Payne
will begin work on revitalizing their downtown commercial
cores utilizing Main Street’s organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

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Main Street Alabama selects three new downtowns

Posted on Jun 08, 2015

The three newly selected communities will be tasked with revitalizing their downtown areas by incorporating a specific four-point approach from Main Street Alabama that will focus on organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

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Main Street Alabama selects Elba for revitalization program

Posted on Jun 08, 2015

Elba, along with Fort Payne and Jasper, joined a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown revitalization.
Main Street Alabama officially announced Monday, June 1, that the three cities had been chosen to be designated Main Street Alabama communities. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization that uses a national model with a 30-year track record of success, selected the towns through a competitive application process.

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Elba designated as a Main Street Alabama community

Posted on Jun 03, 2015

With lots of effort comes a big recognition. Elba was selected as a designated Main Street Alabama community, along with Fort Payne and Jasper.

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Jasper receives destination from Main Street Alabama

Posted on Jun 03, 2015

Jasper has joined the list of Main Street Alabama’s designated communities, local leaders announced Monday.

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Jasper chosen by Main Street Alabama

Posted on Jun 02, 2015

Jasper has joined a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown revitalization.

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Elba, Fort Payne and Jasper named newest Main Street Alabama Cities

Posted on Jun 01, 2015

Main Street Alabama is pleased to announce Elba, Fort Payne and Jasper as newly Designated Main Street communities. They join Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Gadsden, Eufaula, Florence, Monroeville, Opelika, Oxford and Selma, and will begin work on revitalizing their downtown commercial cores utilizing the proven Main Street Four Point Approach® focusing on Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring.

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City announces Main Street designation

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

A press conference with minimal fanfare was held Wednesday to officially announce Spirit of Athens’ designation as a program accredited by the national Main Street organization.

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7 Main Street Alabama Programs Receive 2015 National Main Street Accreditation

Posted on Apr 14, 2015

Main Street Alabama announces of its programs have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. AlexanderCity, Athens, Birmingham, Florence, Gadsden, Monroeville and Oxford each received the national accreditation.

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Atmore to join Main Street

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Atmore, along with several other communities in the southern Alabama region, will be joining together to begin work toward becoming a part of the Main Street Alabama Program.

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The mission for a "vibrant, alive downtown"

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Downtown Jasper is one step closer to becoming a designated Main Street Alabama city. The program, which serves to revitalize downtown communities in Alabama, could bring a visionary approach for the area — but there is a process.

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Seven communities in the southwest region of the state join Main Street Alabama

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

A campaign to turn downtowns into the economic engines they once were has reached another 7 locales in southwest Alabama. The communities of Atmore, Brewton, Butler, Evergreen, Grove Hill, Jackson and Thomasville recently joined the community revitalization program Main Street Alabama.

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Main Street Alabama Launches Regional Approach to Downtown Redevelopment in Coastal Gateway Region

Posted on Feb 11, 2015

Main Street Alabama Launches Regional Approach to Downtown Redevelopment in Coastal Gateway Region

Birmingham - Main Street Alabama and the Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance have announced a new partnership with a regional spin utilizing the nationally known Main Street 4-Point Approach®.

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Main Street Alabama kicks off full market study to boost business in downtown Decatur

Posted on Feb 04, 2015

Main Street Alabama kicked off an intensive study of Decatur this month as it works to help the city become a "Designated Main Street" community.

The organization, which tapped Decatur, Oxford and Monroeville last summer for its community and economic development program, hosted an organizational meeting with the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority and Downtown Professionals Network in Franklin, Tenn.

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Research finds Selma full of strengths

Posted on Jan 17, 2015

Main Street Alabama, a nonprofit organization that strategizes how to revitalize cities, held a strategy workshop last week to present its findings to the community.


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