Upcoming Webinar (2/5) – “Meet Me Downtown”: Case Studies in Small Town Economic Development

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Brett Schwartz

Across the country, small towns are rediscovering and reclaiming their main streets and downtowns by pursuing innovative community and economic development projects.  Once abandoned sidewalks, storefronts, and plazas are now bustling with activity as residents find their way back downtown, once again making these spaces the social, civic, and economic centers of their communities.

Join the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation on Wednesday, February 5 from 2-3:15 ET for a free webinar (https://www2 NULL.gotomeeting NULL.com/register/679279986) highlighting three small towns (Greenville, KY (http://www NULL.tourgreenville NULL.com/); Claremont, NH (http://www NULL.claremontnh NULL.com/); and Millen, GA (http://www NULL.jenkinscountyga NULL.com/govt_millen NULL.html)) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives.  Learn how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Jason Vincent, Executive Director, Pennyrile Area Development District
Nancy Merrill, Director, Planning and Development, City of Claremont, NH
Linda Grijalva, Director of Community Development, Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission

Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation

Click here to read NADO’s “Vibrant Rural Communities” case studies series, which highlights nine small town and rural communities that have embraced a variety of innovative economic development strategies.

click to register (https://www2 NULL.gotomeeting NULL.com/register/679279986)

Saturdays on the Square Concert Series

A citizen-supported restaurant and hotel tax established a Tourism Commission in Greenville, KY which has financed downtown façade improvements as well as free festivals and concerts, including the popular summer music series, “Saturdays on the Square.”  (Photo Courtesy: City of Greenville)


NADO Research Foundation has applied for 1.25 AICP CM credits; registrants will be notified once the webinar receives approval.

Contact Brett Schwartz, NADO Research Foundation Program Manager, with any questions at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org)

This webinar is being organized through support from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (http://www NULL.hud NULL.gov) and the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) (http://www NULL.fhwa NULL.dot NULL.gov/).

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