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Seats on the Street: Changes to Outdoor Dining in the Time of COVID-19

June 18, 2020

With Governor Cooper’s announcement of Phase II reopening on May 22nd, restaurants are allowed to seat customers for the first time since March 17th. Many communities are breathing a sigh of relief; downtowns have suffered dramatically from the loss of business due to COVID-19, and the reopening of … Continued

NC Commerce Kicks Off the Downtown Strong Initiative

March 21, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that twenty-four communities  located in small and/or rural counties throughout the state (see Table, below) have been selected to participate in the new Downtown Strong Initiative of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The in … Continued

Key Elements of Successful Downtowns

January 17, 2019

Having a vibrant downtown or town center can have numerous benefits for a community. Aside from creating a “sense of place” and a node of commercial and cultural activity, research shows that businesses prefer locating in downtowns or walkable “live-work-play” communities due to advantages in attrac … Continued

Promoting Communities and Downtowns with Paid, Owned, and Earned Media

July 8, 2014

Whether your community is a large urban district or a small town, promoting it through traditional media outlets has become more challenging due to unprecedented changes within the communications industry. American newsrooms are in a season of disruption: More than 70 daily newspapers have closed th … Continued