Grow Your Knowledge and Skills 

The Main Streets Conference offers educational and networking opportunities to grow your resources, organization, and professional skills. No matter your level of experience in preservation-based economic development and/or the Main Street Four Point Approach®, you will find opportunities to increase your knowled and skills. Plus you'll go home with new ideas and inspiration to continue your valuable work.

Develop and Support Your Entrepreneurs

Downtown Starts-Ups
Jeff Siegler, Heritage Ohio, Columbus, Ohio; Darrin Wasniewski, Main Street Orrville, Inc., Orrville, Ohio.
From Vacant To Full: How to Develop A Small Business Incubator
Steve Braser, Resource Bank, Genoa, Ill.; Mim Evans, Jim Wilson, Genoa Main Street, Inc., Genoa, Ill.
Barrels Community Market: How a Main Street Program Opened Its Own Business
Shannon Haines, Waterville Main St., Waterville, Maine.
Kidz Biz: Build Tomorrow's Entrepreneur Today
Todd Tracy, IN(ALLIANCE), LLC, McLeansboro, Ill.
Using Economic Gardening and Asset Quilting to Turn Your Main Street into a Power Place
Burt Chojnowski, BrainBelt Consulting, Fairfield, Iowa; Ed Malloy, City of Fairfield, Fairfield, Iowa.
Developing Better Entrepreneurs: Micro-enterprise and Downtowns
Doug Jackson, Virginia Main Street, Richmond, Va.; Jeff Sadler, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Richmond, Va.
Pop-Ups: Would They Fit on Your Main Street?
Kennedy Smith, CLUE Group, Arlington, Va.
From Zero to Hero: A Main Street Manager's Story
Kristina Trevarrow, Rochester Downtown Development Authority, Rochester, Mich.

Sustainable Support and Stakeholders

Public Participation that Does Your Project Good
Della Rucker, Jacobs Urban Design + Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio.
From Zero to Hero: A Main Street Manager's Story
Kristina Trevarrow, Rochester Downtown Development Authority, Rochester, Mich.
Grow Your Support by Telling Main Street's Story
Stephanie Redman, ReSurge, Inc., Albuquerque, N.Mex.
Growing Awareness and Advocacy for Main Street
Timothy Bishop, CMSM, Baker County Tourism and Marketing, Baker City, Ore.
Intensifying Program Visibility Through Retail Events
Jan Miller, Stacy Pair, Mississippi Main Street Association, Columbus, Miss.
Making Social Media Work for Your Organization
Robyne Beaubien, New Mexico MainStreet Promotions PA, Clovis, N.Mex.

Program Manager Professional Development

It's a Circus Out There: Better Work on Your Balancing Act!
Marian Boyd, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Little Rock, Ark.;
What Managers Need to Know about Retail and Retailers
Kathy La Plante, National Trust Main Street Center, Pembroke, N.H.
Leading Main Street: A Main Street Managers Round Table
Norma Ramírez de Miess, National Trust Main Street Center, Washington, D.C.; Gayla Roten, Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc, Branson, Mo.
No Photoshop Required: Capture and Utilize Great Photos to Grow Your Main Street
Timothy Bishop, CMSM. Baker County Tourism and Marketing, Baker City, Ore.

Greening Main Street

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Main Street Communities
Matthew Dalbey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program, Washington, D.C.; Molly McGovern, Mid-America Regional Council; Anna Read, International City/County Management Association, Washington, D.C.; Mike Van Milligen, City of Dubuque, Iowa.
A Tree Grows on Main Street
Carrie Trebil, Clemson University/City of Manning, Manning, S.C.
Beyond “Old is the New Green”: Making Main Street Sustainable
Joshua Stowers, MS&R, Minneapolis, Minn.
Keeping Original Windows for Better Energy Efficiency
Bob Yapp, Hannibal, Mo.
Sustainability Tools and Master Plans: Moving Beyond Single Projects
Nicholas Kalogeresis, The Lakota Group, Chicago, Ill.
Greening Your Downtown Plans and Guidelines
Noré Winter, Mary Phillips, Winter & Company, Boulder, Colo.

Main Street Four Points

Organization

Welcome to the Neighborhood! – Introducing Maple Street to Main Street
Amy Seitz, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore, Md.
Public Participation that Does Your Project Good
Della Rucker, Jacobs Urban Design + Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Your New Board Policies Courtesy of the IRS
Donna Ann Harris, Heritage Consulting, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.; Anthony Rubano, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, Ill.
50 Guaranteed Sponsors for DowntownSylvia Allen, Allen Consulting, Holmdel, N.J.
Related Field Sessions:
Main Streets on the Main Street

Promotion

Adventures in Culinary Tourism: Exploring Iowa's Place-based Foods and Cultures
Rachelle Saltzman, Iowa Arts Council, Des Moines, Iowa.
Grow Your Support by Telling Main Street's Story
Stephanie Redman, ReSurge, Inc., Albuquerque, N.Mex.
Event Evaluation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Mary Lee Stotler, Michigan Main Street, Lansing, Mich.
Making Social Media Work for Your Organization
Robyne Beaubien, New Mexico MainStreet Promotions PA, Clovis, N.Mex.

Economic Restructuring

Developing Better Entrepreneurs: Micro-enterprise and Downtowns
Doug Jackson, Virginia Main Street, Richmond, Va.; Jeff Sadler, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Richmond, Va.
Become a Retail Merchandising Expert in 75 Minutes
Tom Shay, Profits+Plus Seminars, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Cheap Rent Isn't Always Cheap: Thinking Like a Downtown Property Owner
Diane Williams, Business Districts, Inc. (BDI), Evanston, Ill.
Economic Development Planning: Using Creative and Cultural Assets
Lisa Croteau, Niles DDA Main Street, Niles, Mich.; Craig Dreeszen, Dreeszen & Associates, Florence, Mass.; Kelly Larson, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Lansing, Mich.
Digging in for the Long Haul: Improve Your Business Retention Program
Hilary Greenberg, Greenberg Development Services, Charlotte, N.C.
Incentives to Recruit Businesses and Redevelopment
Rick Ferrell, Retail Market Answers, LLC, Wilmington, Del.; Diane Laird, Delaware Main Street and Downtown Delaware, Dover, Del.
Understanding Downtown Consumer Spending in the ‘New Normal’
Tom Moriarity, The Eisen Group, Washington, D.C.
Intensifying Program Visibility Through Retail Events
Jan Miller, Stacy Pair, Mississippi Main Street Association, Columbus, Miss.
Related Field Sessions:
Planting the Seeds to Grow Our Main Streets
Marshalltown: Preserving the Future by Preserving the Past
Resurgence of Downtown Living in Des Moines
Unique Spaces, Creative Places: 100 Years of Ames' Main Street
Preserving Our Heritage – Opening Doors for the Future
Oskaloosa: Progress and Tradition

Design

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Main Street Communities
Matthew Dalbey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program, Washington, D.C.; Molly McGovern, Mid-America Regional Council; Anna Read, International City/County Management Association, Washington, D.C.; Mike Van Milligen, City of Dubuque, Iowa.
Using USDA Rural Development Programs for Upper-story Housing Projects
Thomas Bishop, Homestead Affordable Housing, Inc. (HAH), Holton, Kan.; Tony Putz, USDA Rural Development, Indianola, Iowa.
A Tree Grows on Main Street
Carrie Trebil, Clemson University/City of Manning, Manning, S.C.
Beyond “Old is the New Green”: Making Main Street Sustainable
Joshua Stowers, MS&R, Minneapolis, Minn.
Keeping Original Windows for Better Energy Efficiency
Bob Yapp, Hannibal, Mo.
Nuts and Bolts of Downtown Circulation: Traffic, Streets, Parking, Zoning , and Customer Conveniences
Keith Tianen, Downtown Solutions, LLC, Pinckney, Mich.
What Makes That Building Special? Learning How to "Read" the Buildings Along Main Street
Molly Myers Naumann, , Ottumwa, Iowa.
Greening Your Downtown Plans and Guidelines
Noré Winter, Mary Phillips, Winter & Company, Boulder, Colo.; Laura Carstens, City of Dubuque, Iowa
Related Field Sessions:
Music...Memories…Wright…In Mason City!
Marshalltown: Preserving the Future by Preserving the Past
Downtown Des Moines Architectural Overview
Historic East Village
Mansions of Des Moines
Unique Spaces, Creative Places: 100 Years of Ames' Main Street
Preserving Our Heritage – Opening Doors for the Future

Advanced Level Sessions

Advanced level sessions explore new and/or strategic concepts and assume a better than average knowledge of the Main Street Four Point Approach®

Downtown Start-ups
Jeff Siegler, Heritage Ohio, Columbus, Ohio; Darrin Wasniewski, Main Street Orrville, Inc., Orrville, Ohio.
From Vacant to Full: How to Develop a Small Business Incubator
Steve Braser, Resource Bank, Genoa, Ill.; Mim Evans, Jim Wilson, Genoa Main Street, Inc, Genoa, lll.
Barrels Community Market: How a Main Street Program Opened Its Own Business
Shannon Haines, Waterville Main St., Waterville, Me
Using USDA Rural Development Programs for Upper-Story Housing Projects
Thomas Bishop, Homestead Affordable Housing, Inc. (HAH), Holton, Kan.; Sam Erickson, Community Housing Initiatives, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa; Tony Putz, USDA Rural Development, Indianola, Iowa.
Cheap Rent Isn't Always Cheap: Thinking Like a Downtown Property Owner
Diane Williams, Business Districts, Inc. (BDI), Evanston, Ill.
Incentives to Recruit New Businesses and Redevelopment
Rick Ferrell, Retail Market Answers, LLC, Wilmington, Del.; Diane Laird, Delaware Main Street and Downtown Delaware, Dover, Del.
Understanding Downtown Consumer Spending in the ‘New Normal’
Tom Moriarity, The Eisen Group, Washington, D.C.