So, You're a New Main Street Manager?
| Tuesday, May 20 | 2:00 - 2:45 | Room: Richard B | Session Track: PD
Many new managers are thrust into the job straight out of college and don't understand what the job entails. From working with volunteers to dealing with business owners that don't understand how the Main Street approach can help their business succeed, this crash course will provide new managers with insight on how to cope with their new position and will help prepare them to succeed. Topics discussed will include the roles and responsibilities of Main Street managers, volunteer management strategies, successful communication strategies with business and building owners, communication with city leaders, good "live/work" practices, and tips on how to properly handle the upset building or business owner.
Patrick Reagan, Portland, Michigan Main Street
Patrick Reagan is the Downtown Development Authority director and Main Street manager for the Portland, Michigan, Main Street program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master of public administration degree, both from Grand Valley State University. Patrick was formerly a Main Street manager for the Iron Mountain Main Street program in Michigan. Before becoming a Main Street manager, Patrick was a graduate assistant for the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, managed his family's bar and restaurant, and was also meat department manager for a family-owned grocery store