2015 National Main Streets Conference


TEAM: Teamwork + Entrepreneurship Across Main Street

Thank you to everyone for a great 2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta, Georgia! This year’s conference showcased and celebrated the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. We hope that all who attended were inspired and left Atlanta equipped with valuable new information and tools.

Conference Program  | Photo Recap  | Download Session Materials

Atlanta Highlights

Celebrating the 2015 Great American Main Street Award Winners

Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montclair, N.J., and Rawlins, Wyo. were selected as the 2015 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winners! The 2015 GAMSA winners have succeeded in making their towns an exciting place to live, work, play and visit through implementing the National Main Street Center’s comprehensive methodology for downtown revitalization. In each locality, the local Main Street organization has collaborated with residents, business owners and other local partners to revitalize their district by promoting the assets that makes that community special. Learn more about this year's winners and watch the inspiring videos documenting each of their success stories:

Also, congratulations to Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, the recipient of the 2015 "One to Watch" Award! 

Innovation on Main Street Awards

Main Street New Jersey, Shaw Main Street and Winnsboro Main Street are winners of the first-ever “Innovation on Main Street” awards. This award recognizes Main Street organizations for successful, sustainable initiatives that represent new approaches to existing downtown revitalization challenges or opportunities. “For the Main Street movement to continue to be successful and relevant, we will need to capitalize on changing trends, demographics and economies," says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. "We applaud these programs for daring to innovate and for energizing the field of downtown revitalization with fresh ideas.” Learn more about each of the winners.

Relive the Conference!

For a photo recap, please visit the conference Flickr page and our newly launched Instagram page! From photos of the Opening Plenary at the Fox Theatre to the Big Bash at the Omni, it’s clear that Main Streeters know how to have a good time! View a video recording of the Opening Plenary to hear updates from the Center and Carol Coletta's keynote speech:  Part 1 | Part 2.

Conference Partners and Sponsors

Thank you to our wonderful co-hosts, Georgia Main Street and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and to all of the conference sponsors listed below. The conference would not have been possible without their strong support and hard work.

Conference Hosts:
National Main Street Center | Georgia Main Street | Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Premier Sponsors:
Georgia Power | Georgia Downtown Association
Major Sponsors:
Safeguard | American Express
Donor Sponsors:
Kaiser Permanente | Thrive | National Park Service
Contributing Sponsors:
Georgia Municipal Association | Georgia Academy for Economic Development | Seyfarth & Shaw, LLP | National Trust Community Investment Corporation | BB&T | Explore Georgia
Georgia Main Street Cities:
Thomasville Main Street | Rome Main Street | City of Bainbridge | Town of Braselton | City of Cordele/Main Street | City of Douglas Main Street DDA | Downtown Dublin | Fayetteville Main Street | City of Griffin Main Street | City of Hampton Main Street | Main Street Holly Springs | Main Street Jefferson | Downtown LaGrange DDA | City of Milledgeville Main Street/DDA | Moultrie Main Street Program | City of Royston Main Street | City of Suwanee | Social Circle Main Street | Stockbridge Main Street | DDA of the City of Tifton | Main Street Toccoa | City of Woodstock | Downtown Cedartown Association | Downtown Dalton Development Authority | Main Street Douglasville | Madison Main Street | Monroe Downtown | Main Street Newnan | Perry Main Street Program, Inc. | Valdosta Main Street

Supporting Sponsors:
Atlanta Regional Commission | Carl Vinson Institute of Government | Central Atlanta Progress | Downtown Graphics Network | Electric Cities of Georgia | Fox Theatre | Georgia Appalachian Regional Commission | Georgia Cities Foundation | Historic Oakland Foundation | The Georgia Trust

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See you May 22-25 in Milwaukee, Wis., for the 2016 National Main Streets Conference!

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