Success in the Face of Adversity: Main Street Life Lessons

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside | Posted: Tuesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Do you know what to do when the worst happens? See how several local Main Street programs have dealt with hurricanes, oil spills, flooding, and tropical storms. Presenters will discuss the challenges they faced and how they managed to pull success out of the most adverse situations. Find out what to do and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do should these cataclysmic events strike your downtown district. Hear about wins and losses in Main Street districts that had to learn these lessons the hard way. Gain insights into funding mechanisms, planning structures, and general triage that should be performed in downtown districts following "worst case scenarios."

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will have a good understanding of the network of professionals to contact that can advise them on steps to take during and after an adverse situation. This will save them time, money and efforts when streamlining a recovery plan
  2. Attendees will hear directly from experienced professionals how they rebuilt, recreated and restored downtown districts and foot traffic after the worst happened
  3. Attendees will be able to take the case studies of creative downtown projects and apply these successful project and planning tactics to their own downtown districts
  4. Attendees will learn of creative funding opportunities and how to best utilize money (grants, foundations, recovery funds, etc.) that may be available to them during adverse times

For more information contact:

Stacy K. Pair, CMSM, Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA)
Stacy Pair is a seasoned economic development specialist and a Nationally Certified Main Street professional. She has a strong background in non-profit management, retail recruiting, festival development and marketing. Stacy has a proven track record in events creation and management, being the creative mind behind several award winning special events. Having worked with such prestigious marketing teams as Colonial Williamsburg and Domino's Pizza, she has also worked with Fortune 500 Company, Corning Inc., and various national foundations. Stacy is an expert in the four point Main Street Approach and has managed Main Street organizations as well as Business Improvement Districts. Stacy joined the MMSA team in February 2006 as the Director of Program Services for the Southern District. She works to assist South Mississippi's Main Street communities in their recovery, preservation and economic development efforts.

Margaret Miller, Ocean Springs Main Street
Margaret Miller is a 25 year veteran Main Street Manager in Ocean Springs, MS. During her tenure, Ocean Springs has embraced the arts and the creative economy, becoming one of the premier destination communities in Mississippi. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Miller became one of the most sought after voices in the recovery and rebuilding stages. She served on the Governor's Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal as well as several other recovery committees. Once the Gulf Coast began to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon explosion unleashed the largest oil spill in history upon the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Once again, Miller was at the fore of finding ways to reverse the negative publicity and help bring visitors back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Tripp Muldrow, Arnett Muldrow & Associates, Ltd.
Trip Muldrow is a principal in the firm of Arnett Muldrow & Associates in Greenville, South Carolina. His firm specializes in economic restructuring for small and medium size towns. A Greenville, South Carolina Native and 1996 graduate of Clemson University with a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning, Tripp started out in the Economic Development Department of the City of Greenville, a 2003 Great America Main Street Award winner. Tripp left Greenville to pursue work as a consultant. Over the course of his career, Tripp has directed community revitalization projects in cities and towns across the southeast including Leesburg, Virginia; Concord, North Carolina; Greer, South Carolina; Greenwood, South Carolina and many others. Tripp is President of the SC Chapter of the American Planning Association, has served on the faculty of the South Carolina Mayor`s Institute for Community Design, is on the board of Community Builders formerly SCDDA, and was selected as part of a Kellogg Foundation grant delegation from South Carolina to study community and economic development in County Mayo Ireland in 2003. He is also active in his own community serving on the leadership Greenville Board of Regents, and on the boards of the Greenville Housing Authority and the Friends of Reedy River.

Beth Carriere, Mississippi Gulf Coast Tourism/CVB