Getting Started or Just Need a Jump Start?

| Monday, May 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Room: Richard A | Session Track: PD

Cohesiveness among key stakeholders and passion for a common vision are key aspects of community development. In today's economic climate, resignation and apathy often take the place of innovation and forward movement. How do you motivate the support and investment needed to start up a new program or light a fire under an existing one? Regardless of whether attendees are in the very beginning stages of community development or have well established volunteer bases and programs, participants will leave with a comprehensive "toolbox" that will allow them to return to their communities with a strategic plan for gaining or deepening their support base and establishing wide spread community support and volunteerism.


Molly Wieber, City of Otsego
Molly Wieber is the Main Street manager for the City of Otsego. Her first experience with the City was as a planning commissioner, where she served for 8 years. Simultaneously, she held the role of executive director of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Molly was elected to the city commission, where she served 3 years of her 4-year term before resigning to accept the position as Main Street manager. During her time as a commissioner, she served as vice chair of the Downtown Development Authority board, where she spearheaded the efforts to become a Select Level Main Street community.

Cindy Czubko, Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
Cindy Czubko is a principal and director of marketing at Beckett & Raeder, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a planning, engineering, landscape architecture, and environmental services firm.  She has over 20 years of experience in downtown revitalization projects and city-wide economic development, including 11 years serving as executive director of downtown revitalization programs in Adrian, Garden City, and Tecumseh, Michigan. She graduated from the National Main Street Center’s Certified Main Street Manager Institute in 1997. Cindy also served on Main Street resource teams in Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin. As a volunteer in her community, she has led a successful Main Street designation effort to bring the Michigan Main Street program to Saline, Michigan, where she now serves as the chair.