New Conference Schedule

The 2013 National Main Streets Conference is introducing a new schedule—make your travel plans accordingly! We’ve shifted more content to Sunday, making it a full day of education and networking, including the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday afternoon. And we’re closing the conference with the Main Street Bash on Tuesday night. Download the Schedule Grid.

Saturday, April 13

  • Opening Reception
  • St. Claude Second Saturday Night

Sunday, April 14

  • Main Street Overview
  • Educational Tours/Mobile Workshops
  • Indepth Sessions
  • Crash Courses
  • Opening Plenary Session

Monday, April 15

  • In-depth Sessions
  • Main Street Expo
  • Educational Tours/Mobile Workshops
  • Networking/Roundtable Events
  • Classroom Sessiona
  • Crash Courses
  • Exhibitor Reception and Passport drawing

Tuesday, April 16

  • In-depth Sessions
  • Main Street Expo
  • Exducational Tours/Mobile Workshops
  • Classroom Sessions
  • Crash Courses
  • Closing Session
  • Main Street Bash

Conference Highlights

Post-conference Tours

With this new schedule, you don’t have to sacrifice a full day of classroom sessions and networking opportunities to see local Main Street programs in action. Extend your stay through Wednesday and take the opportunity for a full day of educational tours to Louisiana and Mississippi Main Streets. Not to worry, you’ll still have opportunities for shorter tours in and around New Orleans during the conference. See descriptions starting on page xx.

St. Claude Second Saturday Night

Once on the fringe of downtown New Orleans, the historic St. Claude Avenue corridor is quickly becoming one of the city’s leading incubators for art, culture, and community revitalization. With the opening of new restaurants, art galleries, performance halls, and alternative cultural projects, this bohemian community truly comes alive at night. Join us for a visit to the St. Claude Night Market and a tour of the Second Saturday gallery openings and other cultural events along St. Claude Avenue. You’ll have the opportunity to branch off on your own if you choose to visit a local show at one of the corridor’s music venues or small theaters.

More Learning Opportunities

New Orleans will also offer more variety in learning opportunities, with traditional 75-minute classroom sessions, crash courses (expanded this year to add more time for Q&A), in-depth workshops, and networking roundtable opportunities.

Katrina Recovery

In June 2006, the National Main Streets Conference convened in New Orleans, making us one of the first groups to hold a meeting there after Hurricane Katrina. We know that many people attending this conference—those who were here with us back in 2006 and those who could not make it—will be interested in learning about the incredible progress that has been made in the continuing recovery efforts. To this end, we will have a room at the Sheraton New Orleans where we will tell the story of post-Katrina work in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. There will be displays and opportunities to talk with people living and working in the areas most affected by Katrina.

Main Street Approach Overview

Grow your exposure to the Main Street by encouraging attendees who are new to Main Street to attend this day-long, free overview of the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. Senior Program Officers from the National Main Street Center will provide an overview of each of the four points. New directors, board members, volunteers, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about Main Street are invited to participate in this free overview of the Main Street Approach on Sunday, April 1.