2013 Educational Opportunities

One of the most valued aspects of the Main Streets Conference is the opportunity for learning, whether from experts in specific topics or from practitioners in the field. For 2013, we’ve expanded the range of types of educational options and added some classifications to help you choose the sessions that will help you the most when you go back to work in your communities.

  • Classroom Session: Our traditional 75-minute classroom session.
  • Crash Course: A topic-specific, 45-minute course that provides quick information or skill building.
  • In-depth Session: A three-hour session on a topic that requires in-depth instruction.

We’ve also classified sessions based on their “learning approach”:

 Skills Building: “How To” Tactical Instruction

Classroom Sessions

Crash Courses

In-depth Sessions

 Best Practices/Lessons Learned: Sharing Real World Experiences, Case Studies, Strategies, or Approaches

Classroom Sessions

Crash Courses

In-depth Sessions

 Concept Exploration: Discussion of higher-level ideas, strategies, and issues important to Main Street practitioners

Classroom Sessions

Crash Courses

 Problem Solving: Examination and analysis of problems, along with identification of solutions.

Crash Courses

  • Good Neighbors: Improving Downtown's Edges
    • Nore Winter, Winter and Company, Boulder, Colo.; Abe Barge, Boulder Neighborhood Character Projects, Boulder, Colo.; Laura Carstens, City of Dubuque, Planning Services Department, Dubuque, Iowa

In-depth Session

  • Food Truck Wars
    • Cristina Sheppard-Decius, CMSM, Ferndale Downtown Development Authority, Ferndale, Mich.