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Downtown Economic Development

The tools you need to strengthen the downtown economy and plan for growth.

Bringing Buildings Back
Offers communities of all sizes a wide range of tools to reclaim abandoned properties and return them to productive use.
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Business Recruitment and Retention
Illustrates how to strengthen at-risk businesses and bring new businesses downtown.
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Community Economic Development Handbook
This concrete, practical, jargon-free handbook provides a proven community-based approach to make any downtown a better place to live and work.
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Creating a Vibrant City Center
Provides a comprehensive action plan for developing a lively and economically vibrant city center.
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Creative Community Builder’s Handbook
Presents strategies, best practices, and step by step guidance for putting the power of arts and culture to work in your downtown.
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Downtown Idea Exchange
Provides detailed case studies, practical news reports, how-to information, and real-world examples of how traditional downtowns, central business districts, and main street communities are growing and prospering. A monthly subscription service.
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Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities
This comprehensive book looks at all facets of planning for the traditional downtown or Main Street community.
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Downtowns Welcome Seniors
Downtowns Welcome Seniors looks at cities that are making strides in attracting senior residents. In particular it considers two key areas: Improvements to downtown walkability, and the adaptive reuse of older buildings for modern senior living.
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Main Street Renewal
Case studies from around the country illustrate what downtown professionals are doing to make their downtowns the economic and cultural centers of their communities.
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Niche Strategies for Downtown Revitalization
Presents the most complete and thorough information available on using business clustering for downtown revitalization.
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Resilient Downtowns
Details innovative and successful approaches that small and mid-sized cities have used to revitalize their core downtown areas.
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Revitalizing Main Street
Presents a practical framework for downtown and central business district growth and development.
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Tactical Urbanism
A detailed toolkit for conceiving, planning, and carrying out projects, including how to adapt them based on local needs and challenges.
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The Small Town Planning Handbook
A step-by-step guide to drafting and implementing a comprehensive plan that is sensitive to local character and limited resources.
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