Getting the most from conferences

Getting the most from conferences I just spent a few days in the great State of Virginia for their Main Street Conference. Now, if you are from Virginia you would quickly correct me to tell me it is the Commonwealth. First and foremost they, like nearly every Main Streeter I’ve ever met, are great people. [...]

What to look for in an Executive Director

What to look for in an Executive Director In 2009 I got a job that would change the course of my career. I was fortunate enough to be tabbed as the Executive Director for the Historic Quincy Business District in Quincy, IL. I was in my early 30s with a wife and kids and was [...]

What to look for in a Board Member

What to look for in a Board Member If you’ve seen our other recent blog about what to look for in an Executive Director, you know that I’ve spent nearly a decade on Main Street. I’ve truly loved my time working with these organizations and watching them make their communities better. In getting to work [...]

Strategic Planning Downtown

Strategic Planning Downtown Main Street Organizations are great at many things. Put on an event...check. Save an historic building….check. Organize a campaign to educate city council on the importance of an issue...you bet! However, when it comes to strategic planning many Main Streets don’t take the time necessary to not only create a long-range plan, [...]

Successful Partnerships & Your Organization

Successful Partnerships and Your Organization You’ve heard the saying “It Takes a Village…”, well that certainly applies to Main Street. In downtown, no one does it alone. You’ve got staff members who direct the day to day operations of the organization, volunteers who provide the direction and manpower to carry out the mission, supporters who [...]

NOW18 A Success for Maestro!

NOW18 A Success for Maestro The NOW18 Conference in Kansas City was another great opportunity for us to see Maestro Communities, welcome several new Maestro users, and continue learning new tactics for downtown revitalization. We’ve been attending the NOW Conference since it was the National Main Streets Conference, and there are always positive things to [...]

Who do I share all this data with?

Who do I share all this data with? If you’re in downtown revitalization you know that we collect a lot of data. We’ve got lists that would make Santa Claus jealous. Lists of properties, businesses, contacts, sponsors, attendees, and on and on. We’re preservationist by nature, we don’t get rid of things - especially good [...]

We’re Learning With You

We're Learning With You The past few months have been very exciting for us. In addition to welcoming many new Maestro communities, we’ve been building some great new tools and features that will be coming in the next few weeks. More importantly, we’ve been working with downtowns on some various projects that have really taught [...]

Ditch the Spreadsheets – Use Maestro Instead

Ditch the Spreadsheets - Use Maestro Instead! One of the biggest assets - and one many of you aren’t taking full advantage of - is  your data. You may have your business list, your properties, work plans, and maybe even your contacts in the system. Chances are though, you’ve still got your spreadsheets somewhere with [...]

What Data Should I Be Collecting?

What Data Should I Be Collecting? If you are new to Maestro, and especially if you are new to downtown revitalization, the amount of data you think you need can often be overwhelming. One look at the property section alone can send an intern running to the for-profit side of the street faster than you [...]