2022 Main Street Now Conference


Main Street Now 2022

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Celebrating Community Resilience

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.

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AS OF TUESDAY, MAY 10TH  WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT REGISTRATIONS AND THE WAITLIST HAS BEEN CLOSED. AT THIS TIME WE HAVE ALSO CLEARED THE WAITLIST SO IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION WE UNFORTUNATELY DID NOT HAVE SPACE. On-site registration will not be available.

Registration Rates

Early Bird
(Ends at 12:01am CT March 15)
Regular

Member $440 $540
Non-Member $590 $690
Civic Leaders $125 $125
One Day  $400 $400
Students $200 $200
*Please note that due to unanticipated conference costs registration rates have increased slightly from originally advertised rates.


The majority of Conference sessions and activities will take place at both the Richmond Marriott Downtown and Hilton Richmond Downtown. Currently the Hilton Richmond Downtown and Richmond Marriott Downtown are sold out of the Main Street Conference block of rooms. However, from time to time rooms can open up. We keep the reservation links posted so that you can check to see if the conference rate rooms become available. Meanwhile, we are holding overflow rooms at additional hotels for your convenience.

Richmond Marriott Downtown

Address: 500 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA
Pricing: $189 per night; limited number of rooms available at a government per diem rate of $149 (government ID to be shown at check-in)
Booking: Reservations must be made no later than Thursday, April 14, however due to the limited number of rooms available, reservations should be made as soon as possible.

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Hilton Richmond Downtown

Address: 501 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA
Pricing: $169 per night for a single/double; $179 per night for a triple or quad; a limited number of rooms are available at a government per diem rate of $149 (government ID to be shown at check in). 
Booking: Reservations must be made no later than Thursday, April 14, however due to the limited number of rooms available, reservations should be made as soon as possible. 

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The Linden Row Inn

Address: 100 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA
Pricing: $159 + 14% tax
Booking: Make reservations by April 29. Book a room in our discounted block using the link below, or call 804-783-7000 and ask for the National Main Street Now Conference Group Block May 2022 to receive your group discount.

Omni Richmond Hotel

Address: 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA (located about 11 blocks from the Marriott Richmond Downtown)
Pricing: $159 per night
Booking: Reservations at the group rate can be made at the link below or over the phone by calling 1-800-THEOMNI, and referring to the 2022 Main Street Now Conference. Reservations should be made no later than April 26.

Courtyard by Marriott

Address: 1320 East Carey Street, Richmond, VA
Pricing: $189 per night + 14% tax
Booking: Reservations at the group rate can be made at the link below or by calling 1-800-228-9290 and referring to the 2022 Main Street Now Conference. Reservations should be made no later than April 30.

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Delta Hotel by Marriott Richmond

Address: 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA
Pricing: $169 per night +14% tax
Booking: Make reservations by April 22. The discounted rate will be automatically applied when you use the link below.

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The Berkeley Hotel

Address: 1200 E Cary St, Richmond, VA                   
Pricing: $159 per night
Booking: Reservations should be made no later than April 14. To book at the discounted rate, call 804-780-1300 and mention the National Main Street Center or use the link below. After selecting your check-in and check-out dates, click on the link "Do you have a group code?" Copy and paste in the case-sensitive Group Code:  Nat~Main

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Holiday Inn Express

Address: 201 E Cary St, Richmond, VA                   
Pricing: $149 per night + 14% tax
Booking: Reservations should be made no later than April 29. Reserve at the group rate by calling 1-804-788-1600 and using group code "NMS" or use the link below:

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Travel Information

We have partnered with Amtrak to offer travel discounts for the Main Street Now Conference. Amtrak Guest Rewards members are also eligible to earn miles.

Visit amtrak.com to book your train trip. Before entering your origination and destination, click on the “Travelers” drop-down and scroll down to enter the promo code V123. When all information has been filled out, click "Find Trains."

A 10% discount on the regular full adult rail fare is available to and from Richmond for travel booked between May 13th-20th, 2022. This offer is valid for sale until May 16th, 2022. Please make sure RVM (Main Street Station) or RVR(Staples Mill Road Station) is entered as your destination city. Valid trains are Northeast Regional, Crescent, Carolinian and Palmetto.

Contact Roger DeLucia at roger.delucia@amtrak.com or 202-313-8006 for assistance with reservation ticket purchases. For customer service issues call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

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Become a Sponsor

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.  Review the Sponsor Prospectus here and reach out to Katie Eckstein at keckstein@savingplaces.org with any questions.

Become an Exhibitor

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. Register as an exhibitor on the Registration page and you’ll be added to the waitlist. The waitlist is cleared based on the order you joined. Download Exhibitor Prospectus here and reach out to Steve Amraen at samraen@savingplaces.org with any questions.

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.

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