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Tastes, Stats and Prizes in Harding County

By | Economic Positioning PA
June 4th, 2015 | Category: Economic Restructuring

Bacon cheese burgers, chile relleno bites, smoked baby back ribs, chili, steak sliders, Reuben sandwich care packages, and campfire bread pudding. Harding County MainStreet EDC showcased the region’s best chefs to demonstrate that culinary temptations will round up the county and get folks in the mood to explore the economic challenges and opportunities analyzed by UNM’s Bureau of Business… READ MORE

BBER Visits T or C

By | Economic Positioning PA
June 1st, 2015 | Category: Economic Restructuring

Jeff Mitchell, Director, and Gillian Joyce, Research Scientist, with UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research presented their Community Economic Assessment to MainStreet Truth or Consequences last week.  The town’s challenges of an aging population, low incomes and lack of jobs are offset by opportunities for further growth in the transportation, accommodations, hospitality, and retail… READ MORE

Los Alamos – Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op

By | Promotions PA

<<<<UPDATE – The Grand Opening has been postponed to May 29>>>>   Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op began with a simple idea: create a brewery and taproom in Los Alamos as a place for the community to gather and enjoy great, locally brewed beer. We wanted to create a place for the members of the Los Alamos… READ MORE

Atlanta’s Ponce City Market

By | Economic Positioning PA
April 15th, 2015 | Category: Economic Restructuring

In conjunction with the National Main Streets Conference, economic positioning staff from around the country convene to share strategies on how to boost their services for local Main Street programs.  This year’s meetings included a tour of Atlanta’s inspiring Ponce City Market, a mixed-use project that is rehabilitating the 1926 Sears distributions center, right on… READ MORE

Preservation & Development Case Study

By | Promotions PA

In case you missed them at the Building Creative Communities Conference last Fall, one of the sessions featured Jason Wilson and Bernice Radle, millennial preservationists from Buffalo, New York, who formed their own development company to rehab homes and mixed-use anchor buildings. With new financing ideas and sustainable building practices, they’re creatively building community in… READ MORE

Support for Culture-Based Business

By | Economic Positioning PA
January 20th, 2015 | Category: Arts & Cultural Districts, Economic Restructuring

Several organizations make it a point to focus assistance to our artist-entrepreneurs.  Operating out of their offices in Mesilla, New Mexico Handmade, Inc.,, provides business development coaching to low-income artists in southern New Mexico.  Statewide, veteran small business technical and financial assistance non-profit WESST operates six locations, with lots of experience serving arts and culture-based… READ MORE

The Economic Impacts of MainStreet

By | Economic Positioning PA
July 21st, 2014 | Category: Economic Restructuring

February saw the release of In the New Mexico Tradition: The Impacts of MainStreet, 1985-2013 at New Mexico MainStreet’s Winter Leadership Network Meeting in Santa Fe. Author Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics presented the study’s findings and advised NMMS communities on how to capitalize on our network’s impressive performance statistics. See the full report on our… READ MORE

Sustainable Funding Sources for NM MainStreet and Arts & Cultural Districts

By | Urban Design & Planning PA
June 24th, 2014 | Category: Economic Restructuring, Organization

By Charlie Deans, NMMS Program Associate This is an overview of funding sources that can finance projects, programming, and specifically administrative operations, of MainStreet/Arts and Cultural Districts. There are only a few funding sources that can be used to fund the administration and operations of MainStreet and A&C Districts and include: Quality of Life Tax… READ MORE

Recruiting Businesses Through Your Website

By | Economic Positioning PA
June 10th, 2014 | Category: Economic Restructuring

by Keith Kjelstrom, NM MainStreet Program Associate New Mexico MainStreet programs are building better websites by adding or enhancing business development (BD) features. Surf the web to find lots of great examples. For a comprehensive BD page with links to businesses, business climate, real estate, business resources, incentives, infrastructure and development plans, check out downtown… READ MORE

Top Five Tasks for the EP Team

By | Economic Positioning PA
April 21st, 2014 | Category: Economic Restructuring

Budgets are tight.  Volunteers are spread thin.  And often, the MainStreet manager’s time is constrained.  In the road ahead, we really need to build our capacity to perform higher levels of business development.  Right now, staying focused on five priority activities will ensure that your local MainStreet program runs a lean, mean, business development machine.… READ MORE

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