Legislative Advocacy

February 16, 2023 by Travis Brown

Legislative Advocacy: Making the case for Main Street & Main Street Issues Hang around any group of Main Streeters (or any community revitalization professionals) long enough and you will inevitably start to hear about some form of legislative roadblock or some new bill that is going to make it harder to do their job. I’ve… Read More →

Events are coming back….

July 13, 2021 by Travis Brown

Events are coming back.....so now what? We’re all done with the terms, “new normal”, “pandemic”, “unprecedented” and about 724 others that have dominated our vocabulary over the past year and a half. Last year, we watched as very quickly everyone went from having events to being locked away from one another. Not surprising, this was… Read More →

Social Media Policy

March 2, 2021 by Travis Brown

Having a social media policy for your organization Alright, how many of you saw social media and your organization and clicked the link without seeing “policy”? That’s okay. So this isn’t going to be the post where you find all the latest trends, get tips or how to get more followers, or find tools that… Read More →

Downtown Chart of Accounts

January 19, 2021 by Travis Brown

Downtown Chart of Accounts Recently I saw a discussion thread on “The Point”, the National Main Street Center’s discussion board. This particular post was about a downtown chart of accounts and reading some of the comments took me right back to my first few weeks as an Executive Director. When I first got the position,… Read More →

Are your events on-brand?

June 9, 2020 by Travis Brown

Are your events on-brand? There’s no denying that events are a large component of downtown life. Whether your organization is dependent on events for fundraising, or you are holding them to increase attendance and build atmosphere, events are a critical aspect of nearly every downtown. While these events are frequently essential for the health of… Read More →

Your Downtown Website

June 2, 2020 by Travis Brown

Your Downtown Website I think we would all agree that a website is not an option for any organization, it’s a requirement. Your website can be one of the most effective communication tools that you have. Since we deal with technology, we get asked about websites a lot. Most of those questions revolve around what… Read More →

Why Reporting Matters

April 9, 2020 by Travis Brown

Why Reporting Matters For over a decade now, I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of the Main Street movement. When I started I was told by our State Coordinator that I needed to fill out our monthly reporting, so I did. I didn’t think much about it at the time, I just… Read More →

Debunking Main Street Myths

April 9, 2020 by Travis Brown

Debunking Main Street Myths I have been fortunate to be associated with Main Street for over a decade now. Along the way I have discovered that many of us face similar situations. That similarity got me thinking. Are these really situations, or does this similarity lead to group-think about a problem? Is there a problem,… Read More →

10 Things to do during the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 20, 2020 by Travis Brown

10 Things to do during the COVID-19 Pandemic This is a unique time. Main Streeters are faced with some new challenges as the world faces the COVID-19 Pandemic. It seems as though the landscape is changing almost daily, and while we know there is light at the end of the tunnel, we don’t yet know… Read More →

Getting the most out of your next conference

September 4, 2019 by Travis Brown

Travis' Tips for getting the most out of your next conference I was at a conference recently and got to thinking about how to get the most out of the conference. I had presented early on, so I had time to watch the attendees and really think about how to maximize your time. Like everything,… Read More →