From The Desk Of The Main Street Program Director

National Main Street Conference: training, networking, and team building
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
This week I am traveling for the National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time I am writing, I have spent two days in Leadership Development training here at the conference. My remarks this week will be shorter than usual, and for that I apologize, but I look forward to sharing more of our upcoming experiences in future.
Every year the National Main Street Center hosts the National Main Street Conference in a different city from the previous year. The conference consists of four days of training, networking, and team building opportunities for Main Street programs across our nation, and a few from Canada.  
At this conference, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) sponsored ongoing training geared toward Leadership Development in the recently revived Main Street America Institute, a program for professional development among Main Street and economic development minded individuals. Due to MEDC’s sponsorship we were able to have an amazing representation from Michigan in the course, including myself. The leadership training started the day before the rest of the conference.  
The Grayling Main Street Program (GMSt) has three volunteers, in addition to myself, attending the conference this year. While I was engaging with leadership development on Sunday, two of the volunteers immersed themselves in a course discussing preservation as it relates to our local national parks and resources. On Monday, my leadership training continued, another volunteer joined our team, and we all continued to learned from education sessions, training, and discussion throughout the day.
As we continue to learn from professionals and our peers we will diligently take notes, offer our experiences for evaluation, and contemplate how others’ techniques and advice can help our community grow. With two days left in the conference, as I write this on Monday evening, there is still plenty for us to learn.  
As previously stated, I look forward to sharing our lessons with the community, other board members, volunteers, city staff, and economic development partners. 
Want to know more about GMSt time in Pittsburgh at the National Main Street Conference, and our upcoming fundraisers? Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Director’s Desk.  You can also check out our website,, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to
Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next. 

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