Power of Regionalism
The power of collaborating as a region can help you tap new resources, find new partnerships, build capacity, and expand your reach. While starting up and maintaining regional partnerships take time, they can expose your program to exciting new opportunities. This session will explain the basic concepts behind taking a regional approach toward fulfilling a goal and showcase some successful initiatives. See how the DeltaMade brand piqued consumer interest in heritage-based products and strengthened local entrepreneurs in the Arkansas Delta region. Learn how interstate partnerships and regional media have helped make the holidays a magical event for the region, bringing tourists and their spending dollars to downtowns spanning Louisiana and Texas. And hear how a university is participating in a regional economic development effort between two competitive regions — southeastern Oklahoma and north Texas.
Kathy Hendrick, Center for Regional Economic Development, Durant, Okla.;
Leslie Smith, Natchitoches Main Street Program, Narchitoches, La.;
Elizabeth Wiedower, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Helena, Ark.
Capitalizing on the Power of Main Street
Wednesday, May 5, 8:30-9:45 a.m.