Introduction to Economic RestructuringLearning Approach: best Practices
| Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon D | Posted: Sunday, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
The primary responsibility of a Main Street economic restructuring committee is to reverse the cycle of disinvestment by increasing investment in infrastructure, property, and businesses. Improving the commercial dynamics of your Main Street requires activities such as retail market analysis, business and real estate development, financial incentive programs, and planning. We’ll teach you about current economic trends and share successful economic restructuring case studies.
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Todd Barman is a senior program officer with more than 20 years of experience in the development field and 16 years’ firsthand Main Street experience. With a background in landscape design and urban planning, Todd is a leader at the Center in the areas of design and economic restructuring. He is known throughout the United States and into Canada for his work in downtown development planning and refining Main Street’s asset-based economic development strategies. His primary duties include the development, coordination and delivery of technical services and training to assist with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. His areas of expertise include capacity building and evaluation of local Main Street programs and statewide/regional Main Street coordinating programs, organizational and community planning, entrepreneurship, targeted market research, and commercial district market position. Todd served as the Assistant State Coordinator for the Wisconsin Main Street Program from 1999 until 2006, where he led efforts to develop the nationally recognized Downtown and Business District Market Analysis Toolbox. Prior to that, he spent three years as the Manager for the Darlington (Wisconsin) Main Street Program. Before finding Main Street, Mr. Barman was with 20/20 Foresight, where he developed creative solutions to environmental problems by discovering underlying interests and visualizing alternatives. He holds a master’s and bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.