Main Streets Conference 2012

Conference Headquarters

The 2012 National Main Streets Conference will take place at the Baltimore Hilton: 401 West Prat Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. You can reach the Hilton at 443.573.8700. Most conference activities, including registration, educational sessions, the Main Street Expo, and bus/tour departures, will take place at the Hilton.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Baltimore is easily accessible by all modes of transportation.

Amtrak has service from 500 locations in 48 states with 80 trains per day stopping at Baltimore’s downtown Penn Station. from Penn Station, The Baltimore Hilton is an easy trip on light rail or cab.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): Just 15 minutes from downtown, BWI has more than 700 daily domestic and international flights serving more than 75 cities nonstop. Click on the link above to see the various ground transportation options from BWOI to the Hilton.

Baltimore is within driving distance of more than one-third of the nation's population. For driving directions, visit:

Baltimore Main Streets

Baltimore Main Streets is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office and a program of the Baltimore Development Corporation whose mission is to empower Baltimore’s neighborhoods to sustain their unique small business economies.  Focusing on commercial districts comprised of small businesses and the nonprofit organizations that support them (i.e., Baltimore Main Streets’ organizations), community volunteers work with Baltimore Main Streets staff to identify and implement long-term, sustainable strategies for commercial district revitalization.  The Main Street program provides comprehensive technical support, training, and funding to ensure the economic sustainability of Baltimore's neighborhood commercial districts by implementing the National Main Street Center’s successful Four Point Approach® model.   

Getting Around Baltimore

Baltimore is a very walkable city and the location of the conference headquarters is well situated to allow you easy access to many great neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Check out the Charm City Circulator, a free, convenient bus that has multiple routes to get around Baltimore. there is a stop just outside the Hilton.

Also visit for more information on Baltimore.

Maryland Main Street

Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to accelerate economic progress in the State’s traditional commercial districts. Utilizing the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Approach™ and its own Fifth Point: Clean, Safe, and Green, Main Street Maryland provides technical assistance and funding to local governments and nonprofits helping them to preserve historic and cultural resources while promoting new investment and business development.  The Main Street Maryland program has resulted in $4 million in public and private improvements, more than 1,300 businesses opening, created 5,400 jobs and 360,000 volunteer hours.