Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime!

| Tuesday, May 20 | 9 a.m - 10:15 a.m. | Room: LaSalle B | Session Tracks: ST, MC



Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime!

We've all visited towns that made us think, "Wouldn't this be a great place to live!" Now that baby boomers have reached retirement age—and when many jobs are no longer location dependent—people are increasing relocating to towns that they’ve enjoyed visiting. This session will explore community attributes that appeal to potential new residents and, through examining case studies, will offer creative, concrete strategies for positioning your town to attract younger, active retirees. From the cultural arts to local cuisine, from community "hot spots" to bike trails, you will learn what it takes to give your town a competitive edge and achieve maximum economic impact from new residents.


Valecia Crisafulli
Valecia Crisafulli relocated in July 2013 from Washington, D.C., to Madison, Indiana, a town she and her husband had enjoyed visiting for many years. Previously, she was vice president of partnerships at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. At the National Trust, she also served as interim director of the National Main Street Center, acting vice president for programs, and director of the Center for Preservation Leadership and the National Trust’s Partners Network. Valecia joined the National Trust staff in 2002 as the small business development specialist for the Main Street Center. Prior to working at the National Trust, she was the coordinator of the Illinois Main Street program and executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc. 

Kimberly Franklin Nyberg
For the past 25 years, Kim Nyberg has dedicated her life's work to historic preservation and downtown revitalization. She has served as the State Design Consultant for Tennessee; Executive Director of the Madison, Indiana, Main Street Program; and Statewide Director for the Tennessee Main Street Program, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and currently a creative consultant living in Historic Madison, Indiana.