Private Security Takes on Many Roles Downtown

May 16, 2024
Amid a nationwide increase in homelessness and addiction, many downtowns are struggling to present an image of cleanliness and safety. Meanwhile, some cities have been unable to fill open positions on their police forces. To meet a growing need, downtown leaders are increasingly turning to private security firms. For many cities, private security is a…Continue reading

 

Survey Reveals Main Street Trends

May 10, 2024
The 2024 Main Street Trends Survey from Main Street America offers insights into the budgets, salaries, and issues that Main Street programs are facing. When asked to identify their biggest challenges, executive directors came up with a three-way tie: Not enough variety of businesses, poorly maintained buildings, and inconsistent store hours were each cited by 31 percent…Continue reading

 

Food Tourism on the Rise

April 25, 2024
Traveling to a destination specifically for its food and beverages is on the rise. In 2019, the global culinary tourism market was valued at $1.1 billion and it's projected to grow to more than $1.79 billion by 2027, according to Culinary Tourism Market 2020. The most popular form of culinary tourism is food festivals, followed…Continue reading

 

Wayfinding System Connects Community

April 18, 2024
Somerset, KY, unveiled a new wayfinding system that features directional and informational signs throughout downtown streets. The signs carry the city’s brand and logo, and their role is both practical and less obvious revealing connections, highlighting diversity, and demonstrating community pride. The network was launched in Somerset’s downtown core with plans to expand to other…Continue reading

 

Creative Approach Funds Downtown Operations

April 11, 2024
The Hollywood Partnership is a business improvement district that provides a variety of services to businesses along the famous Hollywood Boulevard. But not every member wants the same services. In 2022 the BID created the Hollywood Partnership Community Trust, a nonprofit that hosts events and provides enhanced services to those willing to pay for them.…Continue reading