Main Street Now 2016

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Thank you to everyone for a great 2016 Main Street Now Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! 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 Milwaukee equipped with valuable new information and tools.

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Conference Program  | Photo Recap  | Selected Session Materials

Milwaukee Highlights

Celebrating the 2016 Great American Main Street Award Winners

Audubon Park, Orlando, Fla., Dahlonega, Ga., and Shaw District, Washington, D.C. were selected as the 2016 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winners! The 2016 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 Renaissance Covington in Covington, Kentucky, and Los Alamos MainStreet in New Mexico, the recipients of the 2016 "Ones to Watch" Award!  

Innovation on Main Street Awards

Laramie Main Street Alliance, Main Street Alabama and REV Birmingham are winners of the second annual “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. “We are particularly proud of the Innovation on Main Street awardees as they provide clear evidence that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in historic commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “We commend these programs for going outside of the tried and true to find new revitalization solutions that can benefit the entire Main Street movement.” Learn more about each of the winners.

Relive the Conference!

For a photo recap, please visit the conference Flickr page. You can also search for photos and posts from fellow conference attendees using the official hashtag #NOW16 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Conference Partners and Sponsors

A heartfelt thank you to our co-hosts, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and to all the wonderful Wisconsin Main Street volunteers. We truly appreciate your hard work in making Milwaukee such a success!

Conference Hosts:

National Main Street Center | Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Platinum Sponsors:

American Express | U.S. Bank

Premier Sponsors:

Edward Jones | The 1772 Foundation | The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Major Sponsors:

Benjamin Moore | National Park Service

Donor Sponsor:

Gorman & Company, Inc.

Contributing Sponsors:

AARP | Helen Daniels Bader Fund | LISC | Milwaukee Downtown | National Trust Community Investment Corporation | National Trust Insurance Services | Wantify | Wisconsin Preservation Fund, Inc.

Support Sponsors:

America Saves | Beloit Main Street | Downtown Graphics Network | Erie Landmark Company | National Association of Realtors | Wisconsin Main Street

See you May 1-3 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the 2017 Main Street Now Conference!

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Main Street Now is the largest nationwide gathering of commercial district revitalization professionals in the nation. Held in the spring, this annual event draws community leaders from small towns, mid-sized cities and urban neighborhood business districts. The conference brings together over 1,500 dedicated professionals, boards, municipal staff, and other key decision makers together to share their successes and challenges and foster new ideas and solutions for preservation-based revitalization.