Then and Now Breakfast

| Tuesday, May 20 | 7:30 | Price $35.00 | Room: Ambassador Salon I | Includes: Breakfast | Session Tracks: PD, PP

What made Main Street so successful in its early years and what are the lessons for today? How have the needs of Main Street programs changed from 30 years ago? These are just some of the questions that will be posed at this special “Then and Now” conference breakfast. Guided by a panel of Main Street leaders, the breakfast will give us time to reflect and reconnect through meaningful dialogue on where the Main Street movement has been and where we are going. This breakfast is open to all and will be a great way to jumpstart Day 3 of the conference.


Mary Thompson
Mary M. Thompson is co-manager, with her husband Dick, of Thompson Consulting, which provides services in historic preservation, planning, public policy, and project management. She also currently serves on the National Main Street Center Board of Directors. Mary was formerly a state coordinator of the Washington Downtown Revitalization Program and a program associate for the National Main Street Center. She also served as the Washington state historic preservation officer.


Barbara G. Sidway
Barbara G. Sidway is a private developer who restores and manages historic properties in partnership with her husband Dwight. Award-winning projects include the Geiser Grand Hotel, the Oddfellows Building, the Biltmore Hotel, Venetian Pool, and the Freedom Tower. Barbara is also the Board Chair of the National Main Street Center.

Patrice Frey National Main Street Center
Patrice Frey is President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, where she oversees the Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,000 communities. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history. Before joining the National Main Street Center in May 2013, Patrice served as the Director of Sustainability at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she oversaw the National Trust’s efforts to promote the reuse and greening of older and historic buildings, including research and policy development work through the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab. Before joining the National Trust, Patrice worked for several years in the field of community development and urban research. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's program in historic preservation, where she received a master's degree in preservation planning and a certificate in real estate design and development through the Penn School of Design and Wharton Business School. She received her bachelor's degree in politics and international relations from Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Kennedy Smith, Community Land Use + Economics Group, LLC
Kennedy Smith helps communities create innovative economic development strategies for downtowns and commercial corridors. As a partner in the CLUE Group for the past ten years, and as a senior staff member of the National Main Street Center for 19 years before that (including serving as the Center's director from 1991-2004), she has worked with hundreds of communities of all sizes throughout the US and abroad. Some of her recent assignments include outlining strategies for developing independently owned businesses in Washington, DC; shaping economic development strategies for downtown master plans in Lubbock, Muncie, and High Point; and identifying new sources of capital for rehabilitating 200 Romanian churches. In addition to her work with the CLUE Group, she serves as adjunct faculty for Goucher College's graduate program in historic preservation, teaching its class in preservation economics. "Fast Company" magazine included her in its first list of "Fast 50 Champions of Innovation", and has included her in its global "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" list. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2005-2006.

Mary Means, Mary Means + Associates
Mary Means has spent more than 30 years building bridges between plans and people. She has helped scores of cities, towns, counties and civic interest groups make their communities better places to live, work and visit. She has led multi-disciplinary teams for complex regional plans, designed and managed large visioning initiatives, facilitated resolution of high profile development projects, helped institutions build strong partnerships with their neighbors, and coached organizations through the changes needed to transition into implementation. Prior to entering consulting, Mary led the team that created the National Main Street program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.