Mark your calendars for Main Street Now, a conference of the National Main Street Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 23-25, 2016! The conference will bring together doers, makers and innovators to address challenges facing 21st century downtowns and commercial districts, while building on collective insights into opportunities on the horizon. Together we will focus on creating places that are economically competitive and socially connected, as well as developing leaders that can direct these efforts and pave the way for communities of the future. Join us in May to learn about topics ranging from creating measurable economic impact, to placemaking, the arts, and everything in between.
The Main Street Now Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, providing attendees with an opportunity to convene and learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. Whether you hail from an urban business district, small rural downtown, or some place in between, you will find real solutions to common problems and techniques to help position your Main Street Program and your community to thrive.
Who Attends the Main Street Now Conference?
The Main Street Now Conference attracts professionals in preservation-based, economic development and community revitalization, including both experienced and new downtown and neighborhood Main Street directors, volunteers, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, volunteers, and consultants.
What does the conference offer you?
People from urban neighborhood business districts, small and rural towns, suburban communities, large and midsized cities, will all benefit from ideas, solutions, issue discussion, and networking opportunities that only we offer.
Three full days of learning and networking opportunities;
Daylong Main Street Four-Point Approach® training;
Mobile workshops where attendees learn from revitalization successes and challenges in our host city and surrounding Main Street communities;
Expo Hall filled with product and service providers specializing in commercial district revitalization; and
Opportunities to network with colleagues who are experiencing similar successes and challenges in their communities.
Exhibiting at the Main Street Now Conference is an easy and effective promotional opportunity for those who provide products or services to economic development, historic preservation, urban planning, or revitalization organizations. The Expo Hall is a major attraction at the conference each year. Over the course of the conference, local directors, volunteers, board members, and municipal leaders gather in the Expo Hall, making it an excellent venue to get the word out about your business, market your services, and make valuable connections with local leaders.
Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center, Inc. works with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities to encourage preservation-based community revitalization, and has equipped more than 2,000 older commercial districts with the skills, and organizing framework they need for renewal during its 35-year history. An exciting new chapter for the organization began on July 1, 2013, when the National Main Street Center launched as an independent subsidiary of the National Trust. This transition enables Main Street to build on its three-decade record of success, with new leadership and new resources that will help communities respond to evolving needs and opportunities in the commercial district revitalization field.
About National Trust for Historic Preservation:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. We are the cause that inspires Americans to save the places where history happened. The cause that connects us to our diverse pasts, weaving a multi-cultural nation together. The cause that transforms communities from places where we live into places that we love. As the leading voice for preservation, we are the cause for people saving places.