Executive Director – Isaac Kremer

Photo credit: Mark Harris.

Isaac Kremer is a nationally recognized expert in the Main Street Approach® to commercial district revitalization. This approach is comprehensive and incremental, emphasizing grassroots action in four areas – Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Vitality. He has nearly two decades of experience working with Main Street and historic preservation organizations in Michigan, New York, Texas, Kentucky, and New Jersey.

Kremer secured over $2.6 million in grants and has leveraged over $200 million of investment. His work has been highlighted in numerous national conferences and publications by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, The Conservation Fund, International Downtown Association, National Main Street Center, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

From 2008-2012 as Executive Director of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association he led the restoration of Theodore Roosevelt’s home town of Oyster Bay on Long Island. This resulted in over a dozen building renovation projects. Most notable was the $2.5 million restoration of the ca. 1854 Octagon Hotel where Roosevelt campaigned for Governor. While there he organized one of the first Better Block projects in the US, working with residents to make low-cost changes to demonstrate the potential for long-term change. Among the participants were Billy Joel who later opened a motorcycle showroom downtown.

As Executive Director of Discover Downtown Middlesboro from 2012-2016, Kremer attracted $1,025,250 and mobilized hundreds of volunteers to build trails, encourage entrepreneurship, and bring incremental change about through three more Better Block projects. Middlesboro won the national Levitt AMP [Your City] contest twice (and another 5 times subsequently). This has helped to bring 10 free concerts to a neglected public space that was transformed through creative placemaking.

Since starting as the founding Executive Director of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance in 2016 he coordinated a strategic planning and market analysis project. Extensive community input and market data resulted in selection of two transformation strategies – Innovation and Family Friendly. He has provided support to MDA teams as they work on promotions, public art, clean and green, storefront improvements, and more. Kremer also tracks the economic performance of the District.

His education and training includes a M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Economics and Management from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. Kremer has had additional training in historic preservation tax credits, historic real estate finance, economic development, community philanthropy, and the ‘How to Turn a Place Around’ training from the Project for Public Spaces. In 2022 he is working towards completion of the Main Street America Revitalization Professional designation. This is the highest level of certification available for a Main Street leader.


Tel: (732) 515-9660