The Florida Main Street program works in partnership with a variety of different organizations to offer promotional, outreach, and even grant opportunities that will help grow and make each local Main Street community a successful program.
FINAL CALL FOR THE 2017 RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARD
DEADLINE MARCH 20
If you haven’t yet honored one (or more) of your favorite retail members by nominating him or her as a candidate for the 2017 Florida Retailer of the Year, we encourage you to take this opportunity now. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, March 20. You can nominate by using the attached form as indicated or simply go to the Florida Retail Federation website and nominate online at www.frf.org/roy.
Main Street nominees have received the award in the past, and your nominee could be next!
Individuals affiliated with any type of retail business operating in Florida whose annual sales volume is $5 million or less are eligible for nomination. Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be nominated again. Nominees do not have to be members of the Florida Retail Federation. Self-nominations are accepted, so you are welcome to share nomination information with your members.
Each retailer you nominate will be notified that they have been recommended for the 2017 Retailer of the Year award and that you submitted their name. If your nominee is selected as the winner, you will be invited to attend the awards luncheon with him or her on June 8, 2017, in St Petersburg, Florida.
Your nomination helps highlight the important role Florida’s Main Street retailers hold in our communities and economy. We look forward to receiving your nominations!
2017 Florida Stories Walking Tour
Florida Humanities Council
Application deadline: April 7, 2017 at 12pm(EST)
The program is called, “Florida Stories: Community Audio Walking Tours. ” Florida Stories is a self-guided walking tour app that shines a light on the “behind the scenes” aspects of a community and in doing so increases the visitor’s knowledge of that community.
Community Walking Tours in the app are marketed towards "Cultural Tourists," who want to enrich their lives with new travel experiences. This is particularly true among those aged 18-34, 75% of whom agreed that trips where they can learn something new, are much more memorable to them. The demographic profile of the cultural heritage travel segment today is younger, more educated and more technologically savvy when compared to those ten years earlier. These tourists are much more likely to use social media, technology, and their phones to augment their visit.
How it works:
Under the guidance of the Florida Humanities Council (FHC), this initiative supports the creation of cultural, historical, and architectural walking tours for communities across the state of Florida. Tours must be walkable (up to 1.5 miles), include up to 12 significant locations, and the length should remain under four minutes per stop. Deadline to apply: April 9, 2017.
The goals of this initiative are to:
- explore the history and heritage of Florida
- increase knowledge about and appreciation of local communities
- connect small communities on a statewide platform
- create an immersive humanities program that is both fun and educational
- create sustainable and walkable cultural tourism products
- build collaboration between community partners
We’ve completed 6 communities to date, St. Augustine, Ybor City, Deland, Bartow, Lake Wales, Pensacola, and plan to launch Fort Pierce, Key West, Fernandina Beach, and Tarpon Springs this Spring. Our goal is to fund 4 new communities this spring to launch in Fall 2017.
Learn more by visiting their website: https://floridahumanities.org/programs/florida-stories-walking-tours/.
Contact: Ron Cook email@example.com 407.618.1223
It’s important that Main Street directors start to think of mobile devices as billboards for their communities. Distrx is a local organization based in an Orlando Main Street district. Within the past year Distrx has tried to find ways to make mobile marketing easy, less expensive, and something that will help bring economic vitality back into historic downtowns all over the U.S.
Recently, the creators of the DISTRX mobile app created profiles for all Florida Main Street programs (at no cost to local programs and the coordinating office). These allow for all active, designated Main Streets in the state to control how people find their Main Street programs.
Florida Main Streets can take advantage of this great marketing tool to help promote their local businesses and events downtown.
To learn more visit their WEBSITE
Contact: Michael Zimny, Historic Sites Specialist
Monticello (March 30-31)
Gainesville (April 3-4)
Tampa (April 24-25)
Coral Gables (April 27-28)