March 30-April 1 Atlanta, GA

This year’s conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.

Join us at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference, as we partner together to discuss opportunities to build a stronger TEAM both locally and nationally that will work with and support entrepreneurs to ensure the sustainability and excitement around downtown redevelopment. With Georgia as our living laboratory, we will look at ways to support rural, suburban and urban districts through creative economies, technology, and small business development. Here you will find real solutions to common problems and techniques to help position your Main Street Program and your community for success.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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Meet the Speakers

Patrice Frey

President/CEO of National Main Street Center

Commissioner Camilla Knowles

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Carol Colleta

VP/Community and National Initiatives of the Knight Foundation

Mike Lydon

Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative

Billy Peppers

Director of the Office of Downtown Development, DCA

Itinerary

March 29
March 30
March 31
April 1
8:00 AM
Coordinators Meetings

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Design/ER Meetings
Mobile Workshops
8:00 AM
Professional Development Workshops
WS1 Real Estate Development Financing on Main Street
Coordinators Meetings

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Design/ER Meetings
Main Street Overviews (101’s)
9:00 AM
Deep Dive
Crash Courses
Mobile Workshops
10:00 AM
America Saves! In Action
Crash Courses
11:00 AM
Lunch On Own
12:00 PM
Exhibitor Move In
12:30 PM
Managers Roundtable Discussions
Deep Dive
1:00 PM
Crash Courses
2:00 PM
Crash Courses
3:00 PM
Travel Time to FOX
4:00 PM
Opening Plenary
6:00 PM
Opening Reception
8:00 AM
Expo Hall Open
Exhibitor Sessions
Mobile Workshops
9:00 AM
Classroom Sessions
Healthy Main Streets: Creating a Culture of Health and Vibrant Downtowns
10:15 AM
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45 AM
Classroom Sessions
12:00 PM
Lunch On Own
Creating a Dynamic Customer Experience Through Design, Visual, and Digital
1:00 PM
Crash Courses
2:00 PM
Crash Courses
2:45 PM
Refreshment Break
3:15 PM
GREAT SESSION ALL ATTENDEES
4:30 PM
Exhibitor Reception/Drawing
6:00 PM
VIP Reception
7:00 PM
Dine Around
8:00 AM
Mobile Workshops
Expo Hall Open
Exhibitor Sessions
9:00 AM
Classroom Sessions
Deep Dive
Balance Your Budget with a Matrix Map
10:15 AM
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45 AM
Classroom Sessions
12:00 PM
Lunch On Own
1:00 PM
Crash Courses
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Closes
Classroom Sessions
6:00 PM
Main Street Bash
4:00 PM
Closing Plenary (at Omni Hotel)

National Main Streets Conference Mobile Tours

Dahlonega: Gold, Goblets and Galleries

This tour will introduce ideas about marketing to a diverse customer base by using partnerships, tourism, history, and historic preservation. The tour includes visiting the Dahlonega Gold Museum and a guided wine tasting and art gallery walking tour.

Tour of Atlanta

The tour tells the story of Atlanta’s growth and evolution, as shown through its landmarks and historic distrits, going beyond architecture to showcase historical moments, individuals, & cultures that have shaped the evolution of the City.

 

Griffin Mobile Tour

The City of Griffin grew to be a prosperous mill town during much of the 20th century.  Since the closing of the mills, grand buildings have been transformed into antique shops, and more designed to drive modern economic growth while integrating historic preservation.

Atlanta Mobile Tour: Inman Park

Visit Atlanta’s first planned residential development. Dating from 1889, Inman Park has become a nationally celebrated example of neighborhood preservation. Enjoy a variety of other home styles, from Craftsman to post World War II to architecturally compatible infill.

Atlanta Mobile Tour: Ansley Park

Tour Atlanta’s first driving suburb, developed in 1904 as the dream of Edwin P. Ansley who envisioned a new motorcar-oriented suburb of wide, winding streets and green parks designed to attract Atlanta’s wealthiest and most prestigious families.

Placemaking in Suwanee Town Center

The City of Suwanee is a dynamic community located in metropolitan Atlanta. Town Center, Suwanee’s signature civic gathering place, integrates both public & private uses and includes Town Center Park, City Hall, mixed use development, and public art.

Hapeville Mobile Tour

Hapeville is a small but progressive city located 10 minutes south of Atlanta and adjacent to the Atlanta airport.  Tour highlights include renovated historic buildings repurposed as arts venues, and public art installations.

Atlanta Mobile Tour: Sweet Auburn

Stroll down Sweet Auburn Avenue, the heart of African-American commerce and culture in Atlanta at the turn of the century. Discover landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and several historic African-American churches including, Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Atlanta Mobile Tour: Historic Downtown

See Atlanta’s first skyscrapers and learn how this early business district developed through efforts of the businessmen, architects and prominent families of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Planning for a Town & Gown Environment

The mobile tour of Downtown  Newnan will provide participants with a better understanding of how to create a “Town & Gown” environment in your community by utilizing public, private and nonprofit partnerships.

Cabbagetown: Revitalizing a Mill Village

Come learn about how one of Atlanta’s most unique neighborhoods has used historic preservation as a revitalization strategy within the context of a large urban area.

Madison Mobile Tour

Madison Town Park is the small town version of New York’s Central Park or New Orleans’ Jackson Square. This greenspace led to the redevelopment of nine city blocks in the heart of one of Georgia’s most renowned historic districts.

Atlanta Mobile Tour: Ponce de Leon Corridor

Come and explore one of Atlanta’s most diverse avenues.  Delve through the many layers of history that make Ponce de Leon Ave. a rich cultural treasure as we visit sites that have attracted visitors since the 19th century.

Mobile Tour Monroe

Monroe is the Antique Capital of Georgia and a highly sought after wedding destination. Come see small town solutions for event spaces, downtown living, and keyless lodging that all use local investors and restored historic properties.

Where to Stay

Atlanta Omni Hotel

Atlanta Omni Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta within the bustling Luckie Marietta District, this luxury hotel treats you to views of the spectacular downtown skyline or picturesque Centennial Olympic Park.

100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-0000