MMS News

Job Posting: Director at New Ulm Retail Development Corporation

The New Ulm Retail Development Corporation, a Designated Main Street Program, is seeking a Director for their organization to fulfill their mission to help existing retail businesses achieve greater success and to attract additional retail business to the city of New Ulm.  Primary responsibilities for the position include:  develop marketing strategies to attract retail business […]

Helping Businesses Take Advantage of Events

It’s a pretty typical response from a business – especially one with many regular customers – that they’re not excited about a big festival or event being planned for their street.  And that they may even close their business during the event. Businesses closing during major festivals or events is such a common issue for […]

Main Street Award Winners – 2012

On September 22, 2012, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) presented 14 projects and individuals with a Minnesota Preservation Award at a ceremony held at the newly renovated Ford Center in Minneapolis. The Awards recognize significant achievement in historic preservation statewide and celebrate those who have chosen to sustainably reuse and reinvest in our existing […]

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)   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 […]