Building Strong Relationships: How to Help Your Local Officials Say Yes

| Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 2 | Posted: Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

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Building Strong Relationships

Fiscal challenges and competition for limited resources can shake the support and confidence of one of your essential partners: local government. Your program needs to align Main Street efforts with the interests of the town or city council. You also need to justify local government investment in your program and engage in the budgeting process. Hear from two local elected officials who champion Main Street. Find out what they need from you so they can say “yes” to Main Street revitalization.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the characteristics of partnerships that work
  • Justify local government investment in a Main Street program
  • Make a local Main Street program accountable to local government expectations
  • Foster a mutually beneficial relationship


For more information contact:

Kyle Meyer, Virginia Main Street;

Eddie Bumbaugh, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance;

Kai Degner, City of Harrisonburg;

Bruce Elder, City of Saunton;

Julie Markowitz, Staunton Downtown Development Association