Revitalizing downtown, beyond the facade

For small towns and big cities, the benefits of strong civic health range from achieving success on community priorities to increased wellness to greater economic prosperity.

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Revitalization of main streets and downtowns across Nebraska goes beyond streetscaping improvements and building facelifts. On Nov. 1, join Civic Nebraska and Nebraska Main Street Network to explore how civic and social revitalization can activate main streets into becoming vibrant, thriving business districts for the whole community.

The discussion will be at 11 am CDT on Zoom, and will feature Elizabeth Chase, executive director of the Nebraska Main Street Network; and Michael Sothan, executive director of Main Street Beatrice. To RSVP, click here.

The session is the latest in our 2021 series taking a closer look at the results of the 2020 Nebraska Civic Health Index, which captures Nebraskans’ levels of social connectedness, community engagement, political involvement, and faith in institutions. The Index’s data and insights are a starting point for collective action to strengthen civic life and democratic involvement across Nebraska.

For small towns and big cities, the benefits of strong civic health range from achieving success on community priorities to increased wellness to greater economic prosperity. Civic Nebraska works with officials and residents in towns and cities around the state to help build and sustain strong civic health.

A native of Lincoln, Chase is responsible for administration and coordinating the delivery of community-specific technical assistance and training in the areas of economic vitality, design and historic preservation, promotion, and organization to communities statewide.

Sothan has been with Main Street Beatrice since 2013 and has been a part of Downtown Beatrice’s efforts to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and to undertake façade improvement programs. He also guides downtown improvements, events, and economic development efforts.

RSVP for this virtual discussion today.

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Learn more about Civic Nebraska’s civic health initiatives. Click here.

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