Welcome back from Des Moines!

Big rounds of applause and a huge thank you to our co-host for the 2011 National Main Streets Conference. Their dedication and efforts made this year's conference a truly excellent experience in Des Moines.

We hope that everyone returned home full of renewed energy, inspiration, and ideas for continuing the great work of Main Street. As you settle back into your daily routines, don't forget to take some time to reflect on what you learned and share your feedback with us by taking the 2011 National Main Streets Conference Survey.

Congratulations also go to the 2011 Great American Main Street Award winners: Beloit, Wisconsin; Fort Pierce, Florida; Old Town Lansing; Michigan, Newark, Delaware; and Silver City New Mexico.

2011 Conference Materials

Conference materials - handouts, recordings, etc. are availabe to registered attendees on our online conference community pages. Head to mainstreets2011.pathable.com and login or click on "send me a sign up link" to create your login and begin accessing the information. Need some help getting set up or determining what to do on the pages? Check out this document for a quick refresher. Still have questions or need help? Email us at msconference@nthp.org

Rediscover Main Street

If you were at the Opening Plenary Session in Des Moines or watched it online you heard Ed McMahon describe how retailers are abandoning strip malls and making their way back downtown, showing that the future is ours for the taking! Businesses are not alone; tourists and residents are also heading back to more traditional destinations. In Oklahoma City, we celebrated the incredible power of preservation through the success of Main Street, and in Des Moines we explored ways to take that success to the next level by growing the preservation ethic and our local Main Streets. In Baltimore, we will focus on continuing the trend of leaving the malls and sprawl behind and rediscovering our traditional commercial corridors, neighborhoods, and downtowns. Educational content and networking opportunities will help inform and inspire ideas, methods, and best practices to encourage the nation's rediscovery of what we've known for years – Preservation as economic development works!

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