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Interested in participating in the Michigan Main Street Program? The first step is attending the Main Street Training Series, which provides:
The Main Street Training Series is offered at no-cost online. The Main Street Training Series includes 2 training sessions: “Main Street Basics” and “Main Street In Practice.” Communities that complete the Training Series will learn the fundamentals of establishing a local Main Street Program and will be able to decide if Main Street is right for their community.
Communities interested in continuing to participate in the Michigan Main Street Program and reach the Engaged Level will need to complete the following activities:
Learn more about the Main Street Training Series content and how to register.
Michigan Main Street will facilitate virtual meet-ups bringing together a cohort of prospective main street communities every year to provide support in reaching the Engaged and Select Levels of the Michigan Main Street Program.
Program Dates and Registration Links:
Participation in the Main Street Training Cohort Meet-ups is available to eligible organizations and participants at no cost. .
A community will officially be recognized as an Engaged Level Main Street Community once they have participated in the Main Street Training Series and have developed their communications and fund development plans. A community has up to three years to participate as an Engaged Level community working to implement their plans and apply to the Select Level. Communities interested in applying for the Select Level will need to complete the following activities prior to application.
Engaged Community Activities:
Once a community has successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Engaged Level, they have the option to apply for the Select Level. At this level, communities can expect assistance in implementing the Main Street Approach™. Michigan Main Street staff, along with other professionals, work closely with Select Level communities to train their boards and committees, hire a full-time Main Street Director, recruit volunteers and get the program up and running. The Select Level requires a 5 year commitment from participating communities.
The Master Level is available to communities that have successfully completed 5 years in the Select Level. The Master Level focuses on continuing to assist communities that have successfully integrated a full Main Street program into their community. This is achieved by continuing to offer Select Level trainings and networking opportunities through MMS, as well as the opportunity to act as mentors for other Michigan Main Street communities. The Master Level requires a 2 year commitment from participating communities. Communities have the opportunity to renew their participation for as long as they are actively practicing the Main Street ApproachTM.
For additional information about the Michigan Main Street program levels and services, download our Program Brochure.