Main Streets Conference 2012


Main Street can be a lonley world spent explaining what you do and why it's so vital. Join other Main Street leaders at these events, which are designed to engage, provoke out-of-the box problem solving, and continue to make preservation vital in our communities. And, because the really brilliant ideas don't always happen in meetings, take advantage of the opportunities to have fun and hang out with your colleagues.

Opening Reception: Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

With the backdrop of Camden Yards and the city of Baltimore, kick off your week by connecting with old friends and making new ones just outside the Baltimore Hilton. From running pigs to "hons" and soft shell crabs, Baltimore is a city of unique neighborhoods, diversity, history, and excellent food and drink. Join us Sunday evening for a real taste of Baltimore. Free to all registrants.

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

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, generating 80 percent of jobs and half of the GDP. They also create the foundation for healthy, diverse neighborhoods and strong local economies. Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it, asks, why are we starving these vital enterprises? Cortese, an award-winning journalist, will explain how a small shift in investment away from multinational corporations toward locally owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits. Locavesting is a call to rethink the way we invest so that we support the small businesses that create jobs and healthy, resilient communities. Just as “Buy Local” campaigns have found that a small shift in purchasing from chains to locally owned enterprises can reap outsized benefits for a community, so, too, can a small shift in our investment dollars. Free to all registrants

Urban Main Street Summit: Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

it's been 18 years since Boston decided to give the Main Street Approach a whirl in an urban environment, igniting the spark for the first citywide Main Street program. Today, there is a growing urban network, with interest building each year. Two back-to-back, 75-minute sessions will discuss research and best practices, question “what is urban?”, and look at ways to adapt Main Street to urban environments. what's next for urban Main Streets? Where can, and should, we go from here? Be a part of this unprecedented convening of Main Street leaders to take a closer look at the Main Street Approach in urban settings and help chart new paths for the Main Street network and the methodology. Complementary urban educational content is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday to allow practitioners to focus on urban-specific sessions. Free to all registrants.

Exhibitors' Reception: Monday, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Visit the Expo Hall for complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks and the first Passport Raffle drawing for exhibitor merchandise. The Exhibitors' Reception is the perfect opportunity to examine the products, services, and build your revitalization efforts. So meet up with colleagues and friends here after Monday's session before you head out to dinner. Free to all registrants

General Session: Tuesday, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Preservation as an Economic Engine: Just the Facts. We know that restoring the historic fabric and character of our built environment can create jobs and stimulate economic vitality in communities. But where are the research and success stories to make our case to government officials and the disbelieving public? Hear from national experts and local practitioners as they present case studies that have the facts to back up their success stories. Thank you to the National Trust Board of Advisors for their efforts in putting this session together. Free to all registrants.

Main Street Bash: Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Located among Baltimore City's historic southwest neighborhoods, at the original site of the historic Mt. Clare Shops, the B&O Railroad Museum is the result of an overzealous publicity agent who developed a trade show exhibit for a major American railroad headquartered in Baltimore. The exhibit survived the railroad and today contains the collection of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. This fabulous piece of history provides the backdrop for the Main Street Bash. Join your fellow attendees for music, food, drink, and railroad history. It promises to be a uniquely fun event. Ticket price: $45.

General Session: Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Ain't that Preservation? Join us for a session that will showcase the prominence of historic preservation in Main Street revitalization (in case anyone is still wondering). We'll look at a post office renovation, a residential restoration, and plans for a commercial rebirth from the vantage point of historic preservation and Main Street's Four-Point Approach. You'll hear from Bridgette Epple, Washington, Missouri, Judy Tighe, Jacksonville, Illinois, and Jeffery Schwartz, New Orleans, Louisiana. Come prepared to add your own thoughts about how preservation projects further your Main Streer revitalization goals. Free to all registrants.

Closing Plenary Session: Wednesday, Noon-1:15 p.m.

Robyn Ryle

The Main Street Closing Plenary offers a final opportunity to get some inspiration before you head home to put into action the knowledge gained and innovative ideas shared in Baltimore. Join us to hear Robin Ryle, Asspciate Professor of Sociology at Hanover College and historic home owner, as she shares her thoughts on the importance of place in urban and community sociology. You'll also be among the first to learn the location of the 2013 Main Streets Conference. Free to all registrants.