Conference Materials 

Did you attend the conference in Des Moines and are now looking for handouts, audio recordings and other conference materials? If so, head to our onlne conference community to set up your profile. Once there, you can find session handouts and other materials by clicking on the session you are interested in. You can also continue to interact online with other conference attendees, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors. Audio recordings of sessions are being uploaded and will be available very shortly.

Conference Highlights

Currently available on our virtual attendee page are recordings of 4 live events from the conference:

Opening Plenary Session: Monday, May 23 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The Opening Plenary at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines was, as always, a high-energy event, featuring an incredible kick off by the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corp, followed by the State of Main Street address and a keynote address from Edward T. McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. closing the session was the announcement of the 2011 Great American Main Street Award winners. Watch a replay of the live presentation on the virtual attendee page.

General Sessions: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw the debut of a new feature for the Main Streets Conference - special sessions designed to get the brain pumping and juices flowing for a day full of learning. Tuesday morning’s session kicked off the day with some lively discussion on rethinking economic restructuring. And on Wednesday three experienced managers from GAMSA winning programs shared their experiences and gave tips and ideas for overcoming obstacles to growing your organization. Watch replays of these events on our virtual attendee page

Closing Session: Wednesday, 12:00-1:15 p.m. 

National Trust President Stephanie Meeks closed out a insirational and energizing conference with an equalling insirational presentation at the Closing Session for the 2011 Main Streets Conference. In addition to sharing her vision for taking our message to more people acrioss the country, Stephanie also congratulated our veteran Main Street Managers and honored the USDA Rural Development program with a Main Street Leadership Award. Watch a replay on our virtual attendee page.

2011 National Main Streets Conference Educational Opportunities

Grow Your Main Street

For more than 30 years, grassroots organizations in communities across the United States have been using the Main Street Four-Point Approach to amass an impressive track record of preservation-based economic development. By supporting and encouraging local entrepreneurs, Main Street communities have seen support for their downtowns and neighborhood business districts grow. By preserving and reusing their historic buildings, these communities have helped prove that “Old IS the New Green” and that saving buildings instead of constructing new ones is the best way to create sustainable downtowns. By engaging everyone in the community, Main Street programs have revitalized their commercial districts, transforming them into colorful, welcoming, unique places to live, work, play, and visit.

Sustainability; smart growth; local investment and job creation; innovative, small businesses; and authentic shopping and tourism activities can all be found in Main Street communities. By helping you grow your ideas, knowledge, and networks, the 2011 Main Streets Conference will enable you to take your success to the next levelor help you develop a strong, sustainable revitalization program if you are new to Main Street.

Check out the 2011 Educational Opportunities for session titles and speaker information. This page will be updated regularly with more links to detailed pages for the conference. To get regular updates on the conference sign up for our email list.