An action-oriented leadership development program
Main Street Accelerator is an action-oriented leadership development program
focused on helping communities better their downtown by implementing a specific project,
such as launching a new initiative or addressing a challenge.
By the end of the Accelerator program, each community will have a completed project plan and the opportunity to receive grant funding to execute the project.
Main Street Accelerator is a perfect fit for communities with an identified challenge or opportunity that has public support,
but needs organization, guidance, and extra attention.
During the virtual, 6-month Accelerator program, participants will learn and practice the nationally proven Four Point Main Street Approach; sustainable and inclusive development practices; project management; and community engagement.
Main Street Accelerator participants receive:
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TYPES OF PROJECTS
Participating communities will bring a defined challenge and a project idea that addresses the problem. Types of challenges may include, but are not limited to, negative perception, too many vacancies, lack of foot traffic, etc.
Communities with a defined project scope will have the opportunity to brainstorm various solutions, troubleshooting different scenarios and aspects of the initiative(s) to develop a plan that ensures success. Examples of problem-solving initiatives include programming vacant lot(s) or storefronts, historic or community preservation efforts, supporting small businesses, launching or improving a market or festival, creating or improving a public space, launching a sustainability initiative, increasing arts and cultures programming, etc. It should be noted that challenges or initiatives exclusively focused on infrastructure are not a good fit for the Accelerator program.
HOW IT WORKS
Every participant will get log-in access to the Main Street Accelerator Community platform. Each month, content will be released via the platform that includes articles, videos, resources, and individual and group assignments. There is a virtual class gathering every month to go into further detail on that month’s topic and to hear from a guest speaker. Each community will have 3 group coaching calls throughout the program to get specific, tailored advice on their project.
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