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Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative strives to provide exceptional resources for people in the U.S. working to start a retail food co-op that meets the needs of their community. New startups can use Food Co-op Initiative materials at no charge and are able to reach out to Food Co-op Initiative staff for phone consultations and additional technical help.The Food Co-op Iniative also provides "Seed Grants" for emerging community food co-ops.

Geography:United States
Resource Type:technical assistance
Subtopic:agriculture & food systems, retail & grocery, entrepreneurship & small business, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy,
Tags:grocery store, community food co-op, retail, food systems

The Main Street Guide

From the Main Street Guide from Village Well "Main streets are the thriving heart of the local economy, influencing the economic, cultural, social and environmental fabric of the surrounding area. They are places where people live, work and play; however in recent years, many main streets have been in decline as the rise of online shopping, increased dependence on cars, and big regional shopping centres have dominated the retail scene.

Today, the old-fashioned pattern of local villages serving their communities is in vogue again. Local villages are seen as the key to supporting a healthier, more walkable and sustainable lifestyle, better connected local communities and greater opportunity for local economic development.

It’s becoming more widely recognised that our streets are valuable community assets. Creating a great main street requires a return to human-scale elements (textural building materials, sounds, wafts of delicious food, window shopping, trees, smaller sized retail spaces, park benches), and putting people back as the focus. It requires deep community participation, forward thinking design activities, food, beauty and embedding local identity.

This simple Guide provides 10 key steps to create a great main street and demonstrates that main streets are more than just conduits for traffic and commerce; they are the stages upon which public life is to be celebrated. Enjoy!"

Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Resource Type:advocacy, information source, process guide, planning guide, educational resource
Subtopic:place making & destination development, community & capacity development, redevelopment & revitalization,
Tags:creating placemaking, creative place making, assessment tool, information

Office of the Controller of the Currency: Rural Economic Development Resource Directory

This directory provides descriptions and contact information for a number of organizations and Web sites that can provide resources to national banks and federal savings associations interested in lending, investing, or providing retail financial services in rural communities. These activities are organized under following: commercial lending, community revitalization, farm service agency, general information, public facilities lending, rural development farm loan programs, and rural housing.

Geography:United States
Resource Type:resource guide
Subtopic:funding & financing, banking & finance, rural community issues & solutions, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy, Community Building,
Tags:banking, finance

Rawlins DDA/Main Street

Rawlins DDA adopted the 'Main Street' approach and became a certified Main Street community in as part of the statewide Wyoming Main Street family. Main Street is a national program of the National Trust for Historic preservation that focuses on revitalizing a downtown economic district through the four-point approach: Design, Organization, Marketing and Retail Strategies (MARS)(known as Promotion nationally), and Economic Restructuring.

Resource Type:information source, organization
Subtopic:economic development, community & capacity development, planning, redevelopment & revitalization, entrepreneurship & small business, rural community issues & solutions, heritage & historic preservation, Business & Economy, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing,
Tags:economic development, marketing and promotion, growth strategy, community design, historic preservation