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Downtown and MainStreet Lunch and Learn events in the River Valley RC region

Throughout the River Valley regional plan are references to support for and development of the region’s downtowns. The River Valley Regional Commission has been facilitating quarterly Lunch and Learn meetings for the past two (2) years. While the meetings are open to everyone, they are geared to downtown development managers as well as Main Street managers. The goal is to provide staff development for these unsung heroes at little or no cost except their lunch expense which is always less than $10. Providing networking opportunities for people within the region is another by-product of the meetings. So far, topics have included Social Media, Historic Preservation Tax Credits, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, Festival Best Practices, Camera Ready, Geocaching, Constant Contact, and Marketing. Because of interest expressed by attendees, there have been several Social Media sessions. The RVRC Staff initially coordinated the meetings as part of a Rural Business Opportunity Grant from USDA Rural Development. However, because interest is so great, staff will continue with these meetings past the end date of the grant.

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