Isaac Kremer is a transformative leader who has successfully led Main Street revitalization programs in several communities throughout the U.S. As a speaker and writer he has influenced hundreds of fellow practitioners, especially around issues of placemaking and entrepreneurship. The son of a small business owner, he has a lifelong interest in small businesses and takes great satisfaction from helping them thrive.
His work has been highlighted in numerous national conferences and articles by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Appalachian Regional Commission, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, The Conservation Fund, Environmental Protection Agency, International Downtown Association, National Main Street Center, and National Trust for Historic Preservation.
From 2008-2012 as Executive Director of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association on Long Island he led the restoration of President Theodore Roosevelt’s home town. While there he organized one of the first Better Block projects in the US. As Executive Director of Discover Downtown Middlesboro from 2012-2016, Kremer mobilized hundreds of volunteers to build trails, encourage entrepreneurship, and bring incremental change about through three more Better Block projects.
Currently as Executive Director of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance he is leading revitalization of a ‘transit village’ with over $100 million of investment. Key initiatives here have included several citizen-initiated placemaking projects, a robust public art program, and enhanced cleaning and maintenance throughout the downtown. Efforts are underway to build a local economy ecosystem by connecting businesses across the entrepreneurial stack from emerging to established businesses.
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. Kremer has had additional training in historic preservation tax credits, historic real estate finance, economic development, community philanthropy, and placemaking from the Project for Public Spaces.