Main Streets Conference 2012

General Session: Preservation as an Economic Engine: Just the Facts

Tuesday, April 3: 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 4/5/6, 2nd Floor, East Building or live online

We know that restoring the historic fabric and character of our built environment can create jobs and stimulate economic vitality in communities, But where are the research and success stories to make our case to government officials and the disbelieving public? Hear from national experts and local practitioners as they present case studies of rural and urban communities that have the facts to back up their success stories.
Monica Miller, Main Street West Virginia; Randy Hemann, Downtown Salisbury, Inc., N.C.; Elizabeth Humstone, National Trust Advisor; Michael Lahr, Rutgers University, Center for Urban Policy Research

General Session: Ain't that Preservation?

Wednesday, April 4: 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 4/5/6, 2nd Floor, East Building or live online

Join us for a session that will showcase the prominence of historic preservation in Main Street revitalization (in case anyone is still wondering). We’ll look at a post office renovation, a residential restoration, and plans for a commercial rebirth from the vantage point of historic preservation and Main Street’s Four-Point Approach. You’ll hear from Bridgette Epple, Washington, Missouri, Judy Tighe, Jacksonville, Illinois, and Jeffery Schwartz, New Orleans, Louisiana. Come prepared to add your own thoughts about how preservation projects further your Main Street revitalization goals.

Amy Cortese, Keynote

In her book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, Amy Cortese, an award-winning journalist and the keynote speaker at this year's National Main Streets Conference, issues a call to rethink the way we invest so that we support the small businesses that create jobs and healthy, resilient communities. In our online Story of the Week (Feb. 14), Cortese takes a look at how one Northwest community, Port Townsend, Washington, is taking control of its future through its Local Investing Opportunities Network (LION) and offers tips to help you decide if this strategy is right for your town.

Closing Plenary Session

The Main Street Closing Plenary offers a final opportunity to get some inspiration before heading home to implement the knowledge gained and innovative ideas shared in Baltimore. Join us to hear Robyn Ryle, Associate Professor of sociology at Hanover College and historic home owner as she shares her thoughts on the importance of place on urban and community sociology. Visit to learn more. Watch it live online.

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