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New Rules Project Receives the 2005 National Main Street Civic Leadership Award

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 8, 2005 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

MAY 8, 2005 – BALTIMORE – The National Trust for Historic Preservation has presented its 2005 Main Street Civic Leadership Award to the New Rules Project, a program of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the commercial district revitalization movement by an organization or individual working in the public policy arena.

“The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes the Institute for Local Self-Reliance for their New Rules Project’s efforts to educate communities on how to revive their commercial districts through policy change, and to help local, independent businesses gain a competitive advantage,” said Amada West, the Trust’s Assistant Director for Community Revitalization Networks.

ILSR launched the New Rules Project to develop and implement public policies that build community by supporting humanly scaled politics and economics. The centerpiece of the project is an online clearinghouse of hundreds of local, state, and national model policies, along with supporting research.

“As a long-time ally of the Main Street movement, it is a great honor for us to be presented with this award,” said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher with the New Rules Project. “Our work is guided by a framework of local self-reliance. We believe healthy Main Streets are critical to community life, and that the healthiest downtowns and neighborhood business districts are those in which most of the businesses are owned locally.”

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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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