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Bring Your Project to Fund: Grantwriting Workshop Series Starts in September


By | Communications/Media Specialist
August 28th, 2017 | Category: Organization

NMMS is offering progressive series of four workshops designed exclusively for New Mexico MainStreet Executive Directors, Board and Committee members. Bring a project identified in one of your Economic Transformation Strategies, and we will help you find the appropriate grants to get it funded. We will also walk you step-by-step through several grants, providing successful… READ MORE


Atlanta National Conference – A Multitude of Choices


By | NMMS Organization Program Associate
April 20th, 2015 | Category: General, Home page, Organization

  The 2015 National Main Street Conference in Atlanta ranks among my favorites in recent years – so many choices, yet so little time.  From the opening session to the closing plenary, the conference was first rate.  Those who attended couldn’t help but be awed by the grandeur of the historic Fox Theater, delighted by the diverse… READ MORE


Partnerships for Community Revitalization


By | NMMS Organization Program Associate
September 24th, 2014 | Category: Organization

Building healthy partnerships is essential for multi-year development projects or large-scale events. Public and private sector entities must work together to advance common goals, creating a vibrant MainStreet district. There are two primary types of partnerships to consider: 1. Public-Private Partnership Public sector investment can help launch catalytic revitalization projects and stimulate private investment. At… READ MORE


Fundraising Basics


By | NMMS Organization Program Associate
July 29th, 2014 | Category: Organization

Fundraising Basics by Eduardo Martinez, NMMS Program Associate Fundraising is a critical element of your MainStreet program success.  It’s not enough to rely on municipal contracts or public sources for operational funds (see Sustainable Funding Sources for NM MainStreet and Arts & Cultural District, NMMS Newsletter, January 2014).  Grant writing efforts are important but they… 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


Meaningful Board Retreats


By | NMMS Organization Program Associate
February 24th, 2014 | Category: Organization

From the NMMS eNewsletter February 2013 By Eduardo Martinez Most community-based organizations engage some type of planning process to identify annual priorities and tasks.  Perhaps the most critical element of this process for MainStreet organizations is the annual board retreat.  Often however, governance boards don’t have the opportunity to fully prepare for planning retreats.  Below… READ MORE


Non-Profit Reporting Quick List


By | Promotions PA
January 28th, 2014 | Category: Organization

From the NMMS eNewsletter January 2012 By Stephanie Redman Except for religious organizations and private foundations, all charitable, tax exempt nonprofit organizations in New Mexico – including 501c3 MainStreet organizations – are required to do the following. The board of directors must ensure that these reporting requirements (and other aspects of legal operation) are being… READ MORE


Taking Advantage of Volunteer Trends


By | Promotions PA
January 28th, 2014 | Category: Organization

From the NMMS eNewsletter September 2011 By Stephanie Redman Volunteers are the backbone of MainStreet, but volunteerism has changed significantly.  Thirty years ago, there were more stay-at-home parents who could volunteer regularly.  People volunteered out of a sense of duty, and working by committee was the norm. The nonprofit sector was smaller, and people volunteered… READ MORE


Your Website: The World’s Window to Your Business


By | Economic Positioning PA
January 28th, 2014 | Category: Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotions

From the NMMS eNewsletter June 2011 At our May 13th NMMS Economic Positioning and Promotion Institute in Las Vegas, participants reviewed successful business development features of MainStreet and other revitalization organizations’ websites. A long-dependable and effective website is Artesia MainStreet’s. Watch for exciting updates in images and layout in the weeks ahead. Business development features include… READ MORE


Telling Your MainStreet Story


By | Promotions PA
January 28th, 2014 | Category: Organization

From the NMMS eNewsletter May 2011 By Stephanie Redman Good visibility and strong credibility for local MainStreet organizations are essential to attracting and retaining funding, community support, and volunteers. That is especially true during these tougher economic times when many are making hard choices about where to give or to cut contributions to community organizations.… READ MORE




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