2018 Main Street Now Conference


Join us!

Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals in Kansas City at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference, March 26-28, for three exciting days of educational sessions, mobile workshops, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things Kansas City and the surrounding area has to offer.

About #NOW18

The 2018 conference is expected to bring over 1,600 attendees from around the country and will feature educational sessions ranging from 45-minute “crash courses,” to 75-minute classroom sessions and 3-hour “deep dives.” View full education session details at eventmobi.com/mainstreetnow18

Full- and half-day mobile education sessions in Kansas City’s urban neighborhoods and nearby Missouri communities will also be offered. Learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.

Make plans to celebrate at the Big Bash in downtown Lee’s Summit, where this 2010 Great American Main Street Award® winner will host us for a downtown street festival like no other with shopping, dining and entertainment.

Whether you hail from an urban business district, small rural downtown, or some place in between, you will find real solutions to common problems at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City. See you in March!

View full education and event schedule at eventmobi.com/mainstreetnow18.

Schedule At-A-Glance | Session Preview | Mobile Workshops | Special EventsSponsorship | Exhibitor Info | How to add to your registration | APA and AIA Continuing Education Credits

Hotel Information

Conference Headquarters Hotel
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

As of January 10, availability at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown is extremely limited: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49487049
All education sessions will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Overflow Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown 
1301 Wyandotte St
Kansas City, MO 64105
Rates start at $169 
Book a room in our discounted block>

*Promotion rates are only available if you book through the links provided.


Registration Rates

Regular: $505 Member | $655 Non-Member
One Day: $325
Student: $175


*For member registration rates, you will be required to enter your National Main Street Center membership number. Please contact our membership department if you need this information.

If you have already registered and would like to add an event or mobile workshop to your registration please follow the steps below:
1. Log back into your registration with your username and password
2. Click the Update Options tab
3. Click Edit Un-Confirmed Options or Add Additional Options
4. Select your event and click Submit Changes & Return to Registrant Options
If you need assistance, please contact registration support.

Registration is open for the Main Street America Institute's Leadership Development Workshop, held March 24-25 in conjunction with the conference.

Are you a planner? We’re now offering sessions and mobile workshops for American Planning Association (APA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs)! Learn more on APA's site or view courses tracked "APA CEU-approved" on EventMobi

Are you an architect? We're also offering courses approved for CES credit by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). View courses, or search the track "AIA CES approved" on EventMobi.

Many thanks to our conference co-host, Missouri Main Street Connection!

Perfect Learning Lab

Recently named one of the 'Best Cities to Live in America,' Kansas City thrives as the Midwestern hub of arts, innovation, entrepreneurship, and historically interesting places. From City Market to Power & Light District, boutique shopping to historic city fountains, and world-class museums to a vibrant nightlife, Kansas City is the perfect learning lab for Main Streeters.

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Kansas City

Positioned in the Heart of America, Kansas City shines as one of the top 10 barbecue cities in America and home of the 2015 World Series Champions. But KC is more than barbecue and Royals baseball. It’s a friendly place where the people smile at strangers and strike up a conversation on the street. It’s a cool and historically interesting place with a revived streetcar system. It’s one of the “Best Cities to Live in America” for health and affordability. Between sessions, hop on the streetcar and take a free ride to the River Market or Union Station, or take a bike ride on the 130-mile single-track trail winding through the city parks, or grab lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Power & Light District. Consider extending your stay to explore the many historic neighborhoods in and around KC, or enjoy the natural and manmade beauty the state of Missouri has to offer outside of the city.

For visitor information and guide to Kansas City, visit www.visitkc.com.

From the Main Street Blog...

The Silicon Prairie: Entrepreneurship and the Arts in Kansas City (January 16, 2018)
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(December 11, 2017)
The Spirit of Innovation: Arts and Entrepreneurship Breathe New Life into Kansas City
(November 14, 2017)
Kansas City’s Diverse Commercial Districts and Neighborhoods (October 9, 2017)
We Invite You to Our Home – Missouri: Main Street Now Conference Comes to Missouri
(September 19, 2017)