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An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

We invite you to delve into the latest report on state case studies taken from restaurants, retail stores, and personal and professional services. Business and property owners, as well as public sector officials, require sound research, information, and analysis when making decisions about improving the appearance of downtown buildings. This guide aids in assessing the […]

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Seven Relationship-Building Business Strategies

Seven Relationship-Building Business Strategies

The following article provides information for downtown businesses interested in strengthening their relationship with their customers. These strategies can be especially useful to local independent businesses facing intense competition for major chain and big box retailers on the edge of town. Read the entire article. (PDF, 2 pages)

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Downtown Financing Options

Economic incentives are often necessary to stimulate the type of development and reinvestment a downtown needs.  From traditional to unusual tools and sources, communities are experimenting with new economic development tools for their central commercial districts.  This article summarizes a presentation by economic development professional, Kristen Fish, and explores a variety of options for development […]

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Community Development Deep Dive Webinar Series

Community Development Deep Dive Webinar Series

Façade & Storefront Improvement: Case Study Analysis Thursday, January 15th, Noon-1 pm Overview: Part of our ongoing educational series on topics of interest to downtowns and commercial districts, this webinar features a presentation on the recently released results of a case study analysis on the impact of façade and storefront improvements on customer traffic and […]

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Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

High unemployment rates during the recent recession and the increasing cost of a four-year degree have raised questions about the value of a college degree.

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The Ghost of Christmas Just Past

The Ghost of Christmas Just Past

Did the Christmas spirit inspire you to spend a little more than you should have this holiday season? The best New Year’s resolution is to pay off your credit card balance as soon as you receive the bill. Although much less painful in the short run, the absolute worst New Year’s resolution is to simply […]

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A mobile-device friendly version of First Impressions is now available using Qualtrics

A supplemental, mobile-device friendly online version of the First Impressions Community “survey” allows participants to enter observations, photos, and photo descriptions using either the paper tool or their smart phone or tablet. Visit coordinators can use the online survey tool to easily compile their report. To obtain a survey link for your community, contact the […]

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