Jeff and Kristi interview the experts to give you the secrets to successful Main Streets.
Matt Wagner is vice president of revitalization programs, National Main Street Conference. Matt has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience in downtown development, entrepreneurship and tech-based economic development. At NMSC, Matt is leading the launch of the renewed and reimagined Four Point Approach, as well as helping the Center reach new communities with this refreshed framework. Overseeing the Field Services team, Matt also leads the Center’s efforts to expand technical service offerings, and offers preservation-based economic revitalization services directly to communities.
Josh Bloom is principal of the Community Land Use Economics Group (CLUE). Josh is a leader in the revitalization of historic commercial districts. He uses local data to craft market-based strategies that help cities and communities build economically differentiated, dynamic places. He lectures and publishes on two of his favorite topics – creating sustainable clusters of independent and chain businesses, and the development of crowdsourced and crowdfunded community-owned businesses.
Alex Balloon is of Tacony Community Development Corridor. An urban redevelopment professional, Alex currently manages a nonprofit community development corporation in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Project portfolio includes comprehensive commercial corridor revitalization effort along Torresdale Avenue including clean and safe projects, design improvements and economic development.[gdlr_space height=”30px”] [gdlr_space height=”30px”]