MMS News

So why do the Somali men congregate on the sidewalks downtown?

Royal Ross, Faribault Main Street Program Director, sends out a short email once a week highlighting businesses, talking about what’s happening, and just being friendly.  This week’s email was so good that I (Emily Northey) wanted to share it on our blog.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   Hello Everyone […]

Red Wing Downtown Main Street’s Photo Contest

Deadline of June 30 Okay, shooters, get ready to show us your best! Red Wing Downtown Main Street is holding a photo contest to increase awareness of the historic, picturesque downtown area. The top prize is $400; second place will win $200 dollars. A $100 prize will be given to the winner in the young […]

How The Internet Can Benefit our Towns and Businesses

The University of Minnesota Extension Service was in Northfield earlier this week to talk about the importance of the Internet and social media for small towns and businesses. For retailers, the Internet provides an opportunity to reach new customers and generate global interest. For towns, ensuring that businesses have a strong online presence creates an […]

A Taste of Red Wing DTMS’s Annual Meeting

I had the pleasure of speaking at Red Wing Downtown Main Street’s Annual Meeting during February, 2012.  What follows is an excerpt of that presentation. Of the other Designated Main Street Communities in Minnesota… The Willmar Design Center harnesses community volunteers like there is no tomorrow – a team of over three hundred last year […]

Getting to Know Main Street during the Holidays

We heard loud and clear during PAM’s market research earlier this year that people were much more interested in Main Street after they knew more about it.  I thought I’d take the opportunity of the holiday season to show how the Main Street Four Point Approach® to revitalize a traditional commercial district (aka downtown or […]

Holidays on MaiN Helps Support Local Economies

For Immediate Release Contact: Emily Northey Minnesota Main Street Program Coordinator Preservation Alliance of Minnesota 651.293.9047 ext. 4 651.262.8770 (cell) enorthey@mnpreservation.org   Holidays on MaiN Helps Support Local Economies ST. PAUL, MINN.— November 3, 2011 – Holidays on MaiN, a statewide campaign challenging Minnesotans to spend 75% of their holiday shopping in Minnesota’s downtown districts.  […]

Want to Start a Main Street Program?

So what’s it take for a community to create a new Main Street program from scratch here in Minnesota? It’s not quick. It’s not easy. And it’s a program, not a project. Main Street programs are a long term commitment that a community makes to revitalizing and maintaining their Main Street – or traditional commercial […]

Introducing: Holidays on MaiN

It’s almost that time of year: the Holiday season. For me, the Holiday season evokes memories of good times with great food, family, and friends. But before any of those festivities take place, I’m swamped with a long chore and shopping list. We’ve all been there: last minute gift shopping for your picky mother or […]

Faribault Main Street Seeks Program Coordinator

The Faribault Main Street Program is seeking part-time program coordinator. This newly created position will advance the goals of the Main Street Program. Candidate must be: Excellent volunteer coordinator Self starter Imaginative Organized Good communicator Rapport builder Energetic Capable of working independently  Send or e-mail resume with letter of interest to: Main Street 530 Wilson […]

8 Amazing Facts About Downtowns

“What do downtowns have to do with tourism?” I was speaking at a conference and afterwards a woman approached me and asked this very question. I couldn’t pass up an opening like that and instantly started spouting statistics. Before I knew it, about fifteen people had gathered around and were jotting down notes as fast […]