2014 Program and Schedule

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Join your Main Street colleagues in Detroit, May 18-21, 2014, to see resiliency at work. The 2014 National Main Streets Conference will offer important lessons on resilience, innovation and hard work, all of which exemplify the Main Street movement across the country and can be seen first-hand in Detroit: a city that is actively building on its cultural and heritage assets to overcome economic challenges.

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Session Details

Detailed Conference Schedule

2014 Classroom Sessions

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.

Saturday, May 17
Sunday, May 18
Monday, May 19
Tuesday, May 20
Wednesday, May 21

Session Tracks

Professional Development (PD)
Urban Commerical Districts (U)
Small Towns (ST)*
Arts, Architecture & Design (AD)
Real Estate (RE)
Retail and Business Development (BD)
Marketing and Communications (MC)
Economic Impact (EI)
Preservation & Public Policy (PP)

* While almost all of the conference sessions are relevant to small towns, those marked with ST denote case studies or information particularly applicable to towns with population less than 20,000.

2014 Mobile Workshops 

More than a dozen education tours offer you the opportunity to explore and learn not only from Detroit, but Michigan and Oakland County Main Streets as well. Tickets are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are open to guests of the National Main Streets Conference.

Saturday, May 17
Sunday, May 18
Monday, May 19
Tuesday, May 20
Wednesday, May 21

Manager and Board Member Roundtable Discussions

Facilitated Roundtable discussions are developed specifically for Main Street Board Members and Main Street Program Managers and Directors.

For Board Members Only: Join other board members in a facilitated discussion of critical issues for boards and Main Street organizations. Solutions and successes will be shared by attending board members on such topics as executive director retention and recruitment, annual goal setting, fundraising, board development, and other timely issues. Take away new ideas and tools for improving your organization. It is free, but advanced registration is required to confirm room and structure.

For Managers Only: Whether you are a new Main Street Director or have many years of experience managing a program, you are invited to join your colleagues from across the country Sunday afternoon for an interactive roundtable discussion facilitated by the National Main Street Center. This session - for Main Street Directors only - offers an excellent opportunity to come together to discuss the different aspects and challenges associated with managing people, time, and resources. It is free, but advanced registration is required to confirm room and structure.

Conference Special Events

Saturday, May 17

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Pre-Conference Welcoming Reception Downtown Ferndale
Transportation begins at 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 18

11:00 PM - 2:00 AM: Lunch Loop  Detroit Renaissance Center - Midtown

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Opening Plenary Session Cobo Conference and Exhibition Hall

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Opening Reception Campus Martius Park

Monday, May 19

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Lunch Loop  Detroit Renaissance Center - Mexican Town

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Exhibitors' Reception

Tuesday, May 20

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Lunch Loop  Detroit Renaissance Center - Eastern Market

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Closing Session Marriott Hotel Ballroom

6:30 - 11:00 PM: Main Street Bash Eastern Market