2022 Main Street Now Conference

Main Street Now 2022


Celebrating Community Resilience

Since 1980, Main Street America programs have created economic impact and improved quality of life through the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts across the country. At the 2022 Main Street Now Conference in Richmond, Virginia, held May 16 - 18, we will celebrate the community resilience and reinvestment championed by our Main Street programs through the COVID-19 pandemic and begin envisioning strategic opportunities to strengthen and expand our commercial districts as we emerge into a new economic future. Along with our partners at the Virginia Main Street Program, we look forward to providing educational sessions in three thematic areas, as well as perennial downtown and commercial district management topics guided by the Main Street Approach.

Registration Rates

  Early Bird
(Mid-Jan. - Feb. 2022)
(March - May 2022)
Member $415 $515
Non-Member $565 $665
Civic Leaders $100 $100
One Day  $375 $375
Students $175 $175

Sponsorship Info

Sponsoring the Main Street Now Conference is a highly visible, cost-effective way to reach community leaders and partners as they foster new ideas and solutions for preservation-based revitalization. Sponsor packages provide partners with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership through programming and promotions and support communities on their path to economic revitalization. Reach out to Katie Eckstein and keckstein@savingplaces.org with any questions and review the Sponsor Prospectus below.

Conference Details

Registration for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference will open in mid-January 2022. Full conference session details will be available once registration opens. In the meantime, find more information on this year's conference themes below.

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Exhibitor Info

The Main Street Now Conference Expo is the place to find information, products, and services that can take local revitalization efforts to the next level. Exhibitors have the opportunity to develop relationships with the Main Street Network and market their services to local leaders. Exhibitor registration will open in January 2022 when regular conference registration opens. Contact Steve Amraen at samraen@savingplaces.org with any questions and review the Exhibitor Prospectus below.

COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of Main Street Now Conference attendees is our highest priority. To ensure that we all have the best experience possible when we join together in-person again, we'll follow all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. We'll share further details on COVID-19 precautions as we get closer to the conference.


Main Streets for the New Economy

As we look ahead to the post-pandemic economy, Main Street programs must harness shifts accelerated by the pandemic. To help their communities thrive in a new economy, Main Street programs can embrace new community and economic development innovations to create quality jobs, advance equity, leverage shifts in lifestyle and consumer choices, and increase community wealth. From remote work to small-scale manufacturing to equity-focused entrepreneurship programming, and more, Main Streets are an incubator for ideas that will position our communities to thrive in the years to come.

Community Preservation and Expression

A community's values, traditions, and culture come to life on Main Street through what it chooses to preserve, protect, and communicate in both physical and intangible ways. Main Street programs and other place-based revitalization organizations have an important role to play in ensuring that public spaces and signifiers of collective memory are reflective of and in service to all members of the community, and when necessary, engaging in difficult conversations to address past inequities. Join us as we explore the relationship between Main Streets of the future and our complicated histories; the ways in which the arts and storytelling can address real-world challenges and promote positive change; and the practice of historic preservation in a broader context in order to tell a fuller American story.

Housing and Small-Scale Development

Strengthening commercial district housing, density, and mixed-use development is one of the most transformative ways that a community can drive investment in its downtown. Main Street programs and other place-based economic development organizations have an important role to play in advocating, planning, and facilitating community investments to ensure development projects reflect community interests and needs. To do this effectively, Main Street programs must be ambassadors for strategies and incentives, bring community stakeholders together, and build community-wide capacity to address the myriad issues involved in the development process. Sessions will explore how our redevelopment, planning, and preservation processes need to adapt to make it easier and more affordable to add housing downtown and showcase innovations from the field, including upper story housing programs, workforce housing strategies, working with property owners, and more.

Questions? Please email mainstreet@savingplaces.org.