2019 Main Street Now Conference

Main Street Now 2019


Join us!

Join us for the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Wash., March 25 - 27. Convened annually, the Main Street Now Conference showcases implementable best practices, time-tested solutions and innovative ideas from our national network of practitioners, as well as those in adjacent fields who share in the goal of creating economic and social prosperity in downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. With beautiful Seattle and its surrounding communities as our living laboratory, this year's conference will leave you feeling inspired and equipped with tools to help you in your work.



Registration is now open! We encourage you to take advantage of the early-bird and member rates. Not a member? Join today!

Please contact registration support with questions and view the cancellation policy here.

Early-Bird Rate

Nov. 1 - Jan. 14 midnight EST


Regular Rate

Jan. 15 - Mar. 18 midnight EST


Onsite Rate


Other Rates


*must present proof of current enrollment upon check in onsite.

Please note: Coffee breaks and light breakfasts will be provided, but meals are not included in your registration.

NEW! Special Rate for Civic Leaders

The National Main Street Center is offering a special discounted rate of just $125 to local elected officials and senior local government staff from Main Street America communities and districts. Invite your Civic Leader partners to be your guest at Main Street Now to help strengthen the bond between Main Street and the municipality. Download and share an informational flyer.

Who is eligible?*
Mayors | County Executives | City council members | Elected local municipal leaders | Staff at the director level and above in Main Street-related departments (i.e. economic development, planning, etc.)

*Must be from a Main Street America community

Hotel & Conference Location

The conference will be held at the brand new Hyatt Regency Seattle opening in the fall of 2018! It is located in the heart of downtown Seattle's thriving retail and theater district. Rooms will be available for $189/night (not including tax) and feature complimentary wifi. Book a room in our discounted block.

Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell Street
Seattle, Washington,
Tel: 1-800-233-1234


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is one of the best ways to position your company or organization as a thought leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing local economic development. As a sponsor, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field to over 1,500 attendees.
  • Showcase your organization’s expertise through programming and promotions.
  • Support communities on their path to economic vitality.


To learn more about how to become a sponsor, contact Katie Eckstein at keckstein@savingplaces.org

Exhibitor Opportunities

The conference’s Main Street Expo is where Main Street directors, volunteers, board members, and municipal leaders gather and meet face-to-face with over 50 exhibiting companies and organizations. Get the word out about your business, market your services, and make valuable connections with local leaders by purchasing a booth!




Content Preview

We will explore Main Street programs from the inside out, centering on the hard-work of the staff and board, transformative external partnerships, and the myriad of ways in which communities come together on Main Streets. As such, we will be exploring three major themes over the course of the conference:

Managing Main Street

Whether operating as a non-profit or public entity, a Main Street program requires a solid organizational structure to create impact at its full capacity. Sessions in the "Managing Main Street" theme focus on the day-to-day, the need-to-know, and the need-to-succeed. Proposals connecting to this theme may include best practices and case studies on nitty-gritty, yet essential topics such as diverse funding structures, non-profit compliance, grant writing and organizational inclusion and equity.

Elevating Local Leadership

To lead the charge in the creation of vibrant commercial districts, Main Street directors must build strong partnerships at the local level and work collaboratively to create measurable impact. This theme seeks proposals that elevate our understanding of what transformational local connectivity looks like and broaden our reach to strengthen local engagement, including communicating with local elected officials, navigating public works processes, acting as part of a multi-partner development team, and deepening relationships with other local partners.

Celebrating Third Spaces

Main Streets both act as and are hosts to "third places" — places that are neither home nor work, but act as informal gathering spaces. From a greeting on the street to a coffee shop book club, Main Streets and the spaces they contain are essential to the social life of a community. Proposals may offer insight into topics such as welcoming through people-centered design, the redevelopment of historic structures as third places, supporting people experiencing housing insecurity, innovative ordinances for public markets, and communicating impacts of social prosperity.