Leading the Next Phase of Main Street: Our Input, Our Role, Our Vision
| Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside | Posted: Monday, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Whether you are a new Main Street manager or a seasoned director, here’s your opportunity to join your peers and offer your vision for the next phase of the national Main Street movement. Come together during this roundtable session to discuss the needs of your local program and share your ideas about what is also needed to build the position of Main Street managers as key leaders in community revitalization.
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Norma Ramirez de Miess helps communities across the country assess organizational and programming needs and implement strategies that build successful revitalization efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in language and science and studied civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in international heritage tourism, entrepreneurship development, disaster relief, nonprofit management, and direct local Main Street efforts. Born and raised in a family of entrepreneurs and community leaders in Latin America, Norma has a solid understanding of our increasing diversity. She developed the Center’s diversity services and leads initiatives that promote inclusion and understanding on the process of involvement and business approach of multi-cultural entrepreneurs. Norma has also been involved in developing international collaboration with organizations and governments implementing the Main Street Approach® in Taiwan, Mexico, and Panama. Prior to joining the Center, Norma led one of the largest and most diverse urban downtown revitalization programs in Elgin, Illinois, where she was honored for her leadership and contributions. She was also recognized among the 25 Most Influential Latino Leaders in the Chicago-land area.
Gayla Roten has served in the capacity of State Director for Missouri Main Street since November, 2007, when the organization hired staff for the first time. Prior to that, she served 12 years as the Executive Director of the Downtown Branson Main Street Association. While in that position, she also served as president of the Missouri Main Street Connection Inc. (MMSC) during the four-year period that it was still a volunteer-based organization.For the last 16 years she has served Main Street with great passion, from being a small business owner and property owner in Historic Downtown Branson, to serving on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Branson Main Street Association.
As State Director, she oversees communities participating as a Missouri Main Street Community. With support from the MMSC Board of Directors and hands-on assistance from the National Main Street Center’s field representatives, Gayla provides quarterly training sessions for managers and quarterly workshops on a variety of topics; mentoring for new Main Street™ programs; technical assistance visits; reconnaissance visits; and assessment visits. MMSC also provides advocacy for the Main Street™ communities in the State legislature and executive departments.
Gayla has enjoyed traveling throughout the state to become better acquainted with the Main Street™ communities and their revitalization programs. She is particularly excited to see the progress of communities that are just beginning to implement Main Street™ methods.