Preservation and Main Street -- Working Together

| Tuesday, May 20 | 10:45 a.m - 12 p.m. | Room: Brule A | Session Tracks: PD, PP

Main Street organizations and preservation commissions may sometimes appear to have different goals and agendas, but the underlying mission of both groups is to support community vitality and vibrancy. This roundtable discussion will examine the areas in which these two community movements can work together to achieve success in both economic development and preservation. Learn new, exciting ideas for partnerships that can help communities better care for their downtown historic districts.


Megan Brown, National Park Service 
Megan Brown is the Certified Local Government national coordinator in the State, Tribal, Local Plans and Grants Division of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. Before joining the NPS eight years ago, Megan worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Fort Worth, Texas, and the State Historic Preservation Office in South Carolina, where she managed the state grant and federal tax incentive programs.

Cary TysonArkansas Historic Preservation Program 
Cary Tyson is the deputy director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Ray Scriber, Louisiana Main Street 
Ray Scriber began working with Louisiana Main Street in the Fall of 2003, providing building design services and administering façade grants. In March 2007, Ray became the director of Louisiana Main Street. Today, Ray also oversees the Certified Local Government program, serves on the board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and teaches a historic preservation class at the LSU School of Architecture. 

Jessica Flores, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
Jessica Flores’ knowledge of traditional building materials and experience as an energy efficiency analyst led her to her position at the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as a Cultural Resource Management Specialist who specializes in the environmental sustainability of historic buildings. Jessica holds a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) professional accreditation from the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and has a Master of Science degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University, a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Ohio University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in hands-on building preservation and restoration technology from Belmont College. Jessica has worked as a building pathologist and an architectural historian on a variety of cultural resource management projects throughout Michigan and the United States. In addition, Jessica also serves as the SHPO community outreach specialist, where she works with communities in order to strengthen SHPO’s impact and presence throughout the state.