Services & Trainings



    Services & Trainings

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What We Offer

We offer a wide array of services and trainings to participating Illinois Main Street communities. Each Illinois Main Street community receives:
  • One on-site technical assistance visit per year. Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Organizational Development Services – services to advise communities on how to create and sustain their Main Street organization.
    • Board Member, Staff, and Committee Training – training for staff and volunteers to understand the Main Street Approach™, their roles and responsibilities, and techniques and best practices for revitalizing downtown.
    • Business Development Assistance – training in understanding the downtown’s economic strengths and weaknesses, development of plans and strategies to improve the downtown business climate.
    • Promotion and Marketing Assistance – training services to help local Main Street organizations identify and implement effective marketing strategies, as well as individual downtown promotional events and activities.
    • Planning Assistance – services to develop short-term action plans for the Main Street organization, as well as long-term plans that guide the development and revitalization of the Main Street district.
    • One on-site, year-end assessment and accreditation visit
  • Webinars on topics including Main Street overview and the Main Street Approach
  • Phone consultation/coaching, as needed
  • Three statewide quarterly training workshops for directors and volunteer consisting of seminars and workshops on tools, trends, resources, and techniques to strengthen local organizations and Main Street district
  • Membership with Main Street America, which includes:
    • Discounts on conferences, workshops, and webinars;
    • Members-only printed and digital communications;
    • 1000s of industry-specific resources, publications, and templates;
    • Access to grants and special programs;
    • And so much more!
Interested in learning more about the program? Contact us at illinoismainstreet@savingplaces.org. Applications for new communities will be available February 2019.

About Us

IMS works with communities across the state to revitalize downtowns and commercial districts.

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The Approach

The Main Street Approach is a time-tested framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization.

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Contact Us

Have a question or interested in learning more? Please contact us - we are here to help!

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