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Downtown Management

Board Member’s Handbook (Pkg/5)
Developing a management team and program that is well structured, well funded, and committed to the future is the only way to sustain the revitalization effort.
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Community Leadership Handbook
A step-by-step guide to framing ideas, building relationships, and mobilizing resources for community improvement.
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Increasing Your Impact with Volunteers
Presents a seven-step approach to finding, recruiting, and retaining productive volunteers.
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Making Business Districts Work
The single most authoritative guide to leadership and management of downtown organizations.
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Priorities for Downtown Organizations
Provides an in-depth look at the goals and objectives of downtown organizations of all types and sizes.
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Economic Development

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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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 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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Funding Sources

Business Improvement Districts: Financing Downtown Growth
A primer for those considering, or reconsidering, a Business Improvement District for their downtown.
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Funding Sources for Downtown Organizations
Provides detailed information on how downtown organizations of all types and sizes are funding their day-to-day operations.
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Winning Grants: Step by Step
Shows you how to compete successfully for shrinking funding dollars from corporate, private, family, and community foundations.
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Good Design

Converting Storefronts to Housing
Provides ideas and design solutions for converting commercial storefront space to productive residential uses.
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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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Creating Vibrant Public Spaces
This practical book describes methods for restoring the health and vibrancy of streets and public spaces in ways that respect their historic character.
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Improving Downtown’s Curb Appeal
Presents seven creative approaches to enhancing downtown’s visual appeal.
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Revitalizing Downtown with Public Art
Illustrates how investment in the arts can generate significant economic benefits for downtowns of all sizes.
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Street Graphics and the Law
Provides a framework and design guidelines for creating a comprehensive street signage program.
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Urban Street Design Guide
A blueprint for making streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant.
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Improving Access

Completing Our Streets
Explores the strategies, tools, and inspiration needed to make streets enjoyable and safe for people of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, driving, bicycling, or taking the bus.
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Parking Management Best Practices
Demonstrates how an integrated approach to parking management can increase the efficiency of existing parking.
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Parking Management for Smart Growth
Shows how to create a strategic parking management program that is comprehensive, coordinated, and supportive of local goals.
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Parking Reform Made Easy
A guide to reforming parking requirements for more vibrant cities.
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Pedestrian & Transit-Oriented Design
The definitive guide to public spaces that accommodate the needs of both pedestrians and transit users.
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The Dimensions of Parking
For more than 30 years, The Dimensions of Parking has been the leading resource on best practices in parking development and operations.
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Transit Street Design Guide
Provides a detailed introduction to designing streets for high-quality transit, from local buses to bus rapid transit, from streetcars to light rail, and more.
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Urban Bikeway Design Guide
State-of-the-art techniques for creating complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.
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Marketing and Promotion

Destination Branding for Small Cities
This fully updated and expanded second edition, cuts through the theory, advertising-speak, and branding jargon to simplify and clarify the practice of branding small cities and downtowns for improved tourism and economic development.
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Event Sponsorship
Provides everything you need to get your share of the available sponsorship dollars — from local, regional, and national sources.
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Ringing Downtown Cash Registers
Covers 11 key marketing trends and opportunities you must act on to keep downtown strong.
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Tourism Marketing for Cities and Towns
The most complete and comprehensive resource available on attracting tourists to the downtown area.
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