#MyFrostburg Small Town Revolution

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Update (February 9, 2017) from FrostburgFirst:

Good Afternoon,

I want to thank everyone again for their support of this amazing opportunity for Frostburg. Unfortunately, we were not selected as a finalist. We have released an official media release, which you are welcome to share in any capacity. Here is a link to the release on our blog: http://www.downtownfrostburg.com/newsfeed/frostburgpositive/  and you will find a word file attached with the same release. Let me know if you have any questions.

All the Best,

Jessica Palumbo
Main Street Manager
FrostburgFirst
Frostburgfirst@gmail.com
www.downtownfrostburg.com


Have you heard that the City of Frostburg, one of the jewels of Mountain Maryland, has made the shortlist of eight finalists from across the U.S. for Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution on Main Street contest? The top five finalists will be announced on Thursday, February 9, posted on their Facebook. Then the nation will have one week to vote through February 16. This is a great opportunity for one of the state’s great small towns ­– read below to find out how you can participate by voting for Frostburg when the voting opens later this week –by visiting smallbusinessrevolution.org. More

Re-Blog: New Faces, New Direction for Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

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By Les Knapp, Legal and Policy Counsel, Maryland Association of Counties

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From the Conduit Street blog

At its May 23rd, 2016, meeting in Cumberland, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission began charting a new course following a significant turnover in members due to expiring appointments. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the new Chair of the Commission is Susan Summers.  Garrett County Planning and Land Management Director Deborah Carpenter and MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp remain the MACo representatives on the Commission. More

Popup Stores Increase Retail Options in Hagerstown’s City Center, part 2

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Part 2 of a 2-part series (see Part 1)

In this blog series, we present tips and strategies for creating successful pop-up store events, spotlighting the efforts of Hagerstown, Maryland. This post features information about selecting dates, preparing a budget, raising money and marketing, and it closes with a list of additional helpful hints from Hagerstown.  The first post {link} discussed securing and preparing spaces, and recruiting vendors and encouraging regulatory compliance.

Local leaders interested in filling vacant storefronts in historic downtowns and older commercial districts – to increase community livability and stimulate economic growth – might consider cultivating locally owned businesses. More

Popup Stores Increase Retail Options in Hagerstown’s City Center, Part 1

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Local leaders interested in filling vacant storefronts in historic downtowns and older commercial districts – to increase community livability and stimulate economic growth – might consider cultivating locally owned businesses.

Throughout the country, local governments, business improvement districts and Main Street organizations are experimenting with ways to bring retail into older commercial districts with less of an upfront commitment from small business owners. Their tools: retail business incubators and pop-up stores. Pop-up stores use vacant building space for a day, a week, or even longer, but on a temporary basis; they bring foot traffic to the commercial district and can help business owners test the market prior to making a long-term commitment. More

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