Call for Conference Session Proposals - National Main Street Center

Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Each year, the Main Street Now Conference provides revitalization professionals from across the country the opportunity to convene and learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® the most powerful economic development tool in the nation.

The Main Street Now Conference provides attendees with a wide array of educational programming, with sessions that cover Main Street fundamentals, subject-specific strategies, and leadership skills necessary to advance local revitalization efforts.

This year, we will be exploring three major themes over the course of the conference — Historic Preservation, Arts and Placemaking, and Entrepreneurship.  We encourage you to keep these concepts in mind as you craft your proposal:

Historic Preservation – Preservation has always been a core value for Main Street and building reuse plays an essential role in encouraging economic growth and stimulating vibrant communities. The building stock in a community or neighborhood is what makes it unique. Help us look at all the benefits that come from reusing older and historic buildings for contemporary purposes.

Arts and Placemaking – Quality public spaces are the heart of every community. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, to create public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being. Strong downtowns embrace diversity and support creative placemaking projects using arts, culture and creativity to reimagine their public spaces.

Entrepreneurship – Across the country, from small rural towns to busy urban neighborhoods and commercial districts, entrepreneurs are transforming the local economic landscape. We are looking for sessions that explore this topic from a range of perspectives including cultivating youth entrepreneurs, new approaches to business development, creating innovation hubs, supporting immigrant entrepreneurs, and more.

We encourage you to submit a proposal that speaks to these ideas, as well as perennial Main Street revitalization topics. We strive to provide content at all learning levels and to share perspectives and success stories from communities of all sizes.

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All proposals are due by midnight (CDT) on August 16, 2017.
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