Main Street Alliance leaders from around the country joined together to think BIG about the kind of world we want to live in

View from Rancho GallinaSanta Fe, NM
The Main Street Alliance National Board members: David Borris, Owner, Hel’s Kitchen CateringBrainstorm
Northbrook, Illinois; Melanie Collins, Owner, Melanie’s Home Childcare, Falmouth, Maine; ReShonda Young, Operations Manager, Alpha Express, Inc, Waterloo, Iowa; Kelly Conklin, Owner, Foley-Waite Associates, Bloomfield, New Jersey; & Jim Houser, Co-Owner, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Portland, Oregon, along with National Staff met up at the Rancho Gallina Eco Retreat in *sunny* Santa Fe, New Mexico last weekend to think strategically about the future of The Main Street Alliance.
Mitch CookingOur lovely hosts, Mitch Ackerman and Leslie Moody, have overseen the Rancho Gallina’s historic preservation and 21st century environmental upgrades. The facility is now 100% solar-powered, with both high- and low-tech water and energy conservation, from geothermal heating/cooling to composting and xeriscaping to preserve our desert landscape.IMG_3218
Working together as a team, the Main Street Alliance National Board began to develop the framework for how to create a small business economy, full of community involvement and support. We’re continuing to explore how to create more economy investing businesses, while limiting the extractors out there.
We all loved being able to escape the winter in Santa Fe, and will certainly be back to the Rancho Gallina in the future!