2023 Main Street Now Conference


Main Street Now 2023

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Boston, Massachusetts

We can't wait to see you in Boston, Massachusetts, for the 2023 Main Street Now Conference from March 27 - 29! Save the date to join fellow commercial district revitalization leaders from across the country for three days of education sessions, special events, field sessions, and opportunities to explore the host city, including 20 Main Street neighborhoods. Whether you come from an urban business district, small rural downtown, or somewhere in between, the Main Street Now Conference offers solutions to common problems and new techniques to help your community thrive.
A poem commissioned for Main Street Now 2023 by the City of Boston. Boston's poet laureate, Porsha Olayiwola, brings us along on a verbal journey of what makes Boston special.

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Registration Rates



Early Bird (by February 5*): $455 Member | $620 Non-Member
Regular (by March 16*): $555 Member | $720 Non-Member
On-Site: $750 Member, Non-Member
One Day: $375
Student: $200
Civic Leader: $175

Registration is expected to open in early December 2022. Stay tuned! *Deadlines are subject to change.

Location

Boston Marriott Copley Place

Conference sessions will take place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, conveniently located near downtown amenities and the airport. Room blocks for attendees will also be available at this hotel.
Preview the Boston Marriott Copley Place >

More information about room rates and making reservations will be available in the coming months.

20 Distinct Districts



Boston Main Streets' local programs are home to the active and loving communities that make this city vibrant. From East Boston to West Roxbury – and everywhere in between – each district is abuzz with activity and public art, full of history and heritage, home to unique shops and must-try eateries, and more! Get familiar with Boston's 20 Main Streets >

Explore Like a Local

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Boston is a city of people, history, culture, and vibrant neighborhoods offering unique eats, shops, sounds, and experiences. Now is the perfect time to start building your extracurricular conference bucket list. Come a few days early or stay a little longer to make the most of your time in Boston!
Check out ways to explore Boston like a local >

Conference Themes

Community Wealth Building & Shared Prosperity

Main Street programs and other place-based revitalization organizations have a vital role to play in building community wealth and shared prosperity for every resident. This approach to economic development focuses on strategies to enhance local wealth generation and confers direct benefits for residents and local businesses. By harnessing tools like entrepreneurial ecosystems, community land trusts, cultural expression initiatives, and cooperative business models, Main Streets can create inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economic success in their communities and help ensure future prosperity for populations that have been historically marginalized.

Resilient & Future-focused Main Streets

As designers, planners, and local leaders, Main Street professionals are in a unique position to help communities adapt to meet the difficult realities they’re facing now and in the years to come. From promoting environmental sustainability and green infrastructure to advancing community health initiatives and cross-sector partnerships, building resiliency goes beyond responding to a crisis – it's about building a strong baseline for resilience that will pay dividends in the years to come. Holistic planning practices and strong community connections help prepare us for change, whether planned or unexpected. Sessions will explore the importance of meeting these challenges head-on and the positive economic and organizational impacts created as a result.

Building Community Connections

The success of Main Streets across the country can often be tied to a common thread: they are driven by people. Thriving communities are built from the power of many, with the strongest among them practicing meaningful collaboration, creating shared goals with stakeholders, and valuing inclusive leadership that provides a seat for everyone at the table. To strengthen the connection to place, Main Streets must embrace the variety of lived experiences of people in their community and empower them to make change. Sessions will highlight the power of coalition building and leveraging your greatest asset: people.

Blog Roll

In the months and weeks leading up to Main Street Now 2023, we are collaborating with our conference co-hosts to publish a special blog series that promotes the conference's core themes, exciting topics, and unique experiences. Stay tuned for more spotlights and featured articles!

Sponsorship

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
  • Connect directly with local decisionmakers
  • Support communities on their path to economic revitalization
Download the sponsor prospectus to learn more!

Questions? Contact Katie Eckstein at keckstein@savingplaces.org

Exhibition Hall

The Main Street Now Expo offers a variety of promotional opportunities for companies specializing in products, services, and resources designed to assist downtown and commercial district management professionals take their revitalization efforts to the next level.

For more information about booth spaces
and pricing, download the Exhibitor Prospectus. Booth registration is expected to open in December 2022. Questions? Contact Steve Amraen at samraen@savingplaces.org

Stay in the Know

Additional details about venues, travel, sessions, partnership opportunities, and registration are in the works! Check this page for updates, or follow Main Street Now on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our newsletter, to receive the latest conference-related news delivered to your inbox.

Co-Hosts

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The Buzz About Main Street Now

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Seymour Main Street


"It was an incredible week at the Main Street America conference...There was SO much packed into our short time in Richmond, but each one of us feels inspired and excited to bring best practices and unique solutions to our downtown. Thank you MSA for a wonderful experience, and thank you Indiana Main Street for a great time networking with all the attending Indiana organizations!"

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Charles town now


"Another Main Street America conference in the books. The theme was “Together Again” and it did not disappoint. I walked away inspired, encouraged, and hopeful. Over 1000 people came together because they believe in the necessity of a vibrant Main Street. To be in a room with so many people who work so hard to help our small towns and small businesses thrive was empowering."

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kyle reynolds


"And just like that, #MainStreetNow2022 in Richmond, VA is in the history books. I’m truly amazed and will cherish the memories made with these fantastic people working to preserve, restore, and uplift their local communities and downtowns all across the country...so looking forward to seeing all of you in Boston for #MainStreeetNow2023! "