Professional Development Track


Whether you’re a seasoned Main Street manager or a recent college graduate aspiring to a downtown revitalization career, this year’s professional development track in Detroit promises to be the best yet. The following sessions are recommended for those who want to take their professional and organizational management skill-building expertise to the next level. 

Sunday, May 18

Introduction to the Main Street Approach 
• 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Overview: Organization
• 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Overview: Promotion
• 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Overview: Economic Restructuring
• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Overview: Design

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Crash Course
Better Recruitment: Better Boards

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Managers' Roundtable

Monday, May 19

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Classroom Session
Volunteer Driven: Creating a Culture of Volunteerism
Tech 10: Top Technology Resources to Assist Community Programs

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Classroom Sessions
Coaching for Results: Your Leadership and Communication Skills
Strategic Planning: Setting Priorities for Work Plans
Creative Sponsorships
GAMSA Winners

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Classroom Sessions
Getting Started or Just Need a Jump Start?
Leading Through Change

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: Crash Course
Get It Together: Apps, Tips and Tricks for Better Time Management

Tuesday, May 20

7:30 AM: Then and Now Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Classroom Sessions
Managing the Axe Grinders
Building a Culture for Strategic Engagement

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Classroom Sessions
Preservation & Main Street -- Working Together
Why Aren’t You Asking for Year-End Gifts?

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM: Crash Courses
Tell Your Main Street Story Loud and Clear
So, You're a New Main Street Manager?

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Crash Courses
Talk it Out: Plans for Communicating Your Main Street Project
Mastering a Social Media Calendar