National Main Street Center Accepting Session Proposals for the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit – Online
Main Streets across the country from small downtowns to mid-size cities to large city neighborhoods share similar challenges. It’s the solutions to those problems, success stories and perspectives on recent trends that the organizers of the 2014 National Main Streets Conference are hoping to draw from for its educational sessions. “When we talk about Main Street®, we are talking about real people doing real work in real places to revitalize communities and preserve the character of their downtowns and neighborhoods,” said Brittney Hoszkiw, Organization Specialist at the Michigan Main Street Center, based at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). “As the host of the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit, we are looking to draw on those resources to help and empower those that make Main Street work.”
Proposals for educational sessions at the 2014 Main Streets Conference are now being accepted. Organizers are interested in sessions, courses and workshops that:
Look at new ways to solve persistent problems.
Share experiences – good, bad and ugly – to help other Main Streets succeed.
Offer new perspectives on current trends.
Provide examples of the projects and strategies used by managers, volunteers and other stakeholders to revitalize their unique communities.
Attendees are especially interested in educational sessions that demonstrate creative solutions to everyday revitalization challenges or that showcase innovative ways to leverage opportunities or assets. “Tell us how you do something different and better. Lead an honest discussion about your failures. We encourage brave presenters, who want to share lessons learned from tough challenges and obstacles — there is a lot to learn from examples other than success stories,” Hoszkiw said. “We also seek interesting partnerships, cutting-edge ideas, innovative uses of new technology, measured results and ways to work smarter.” The National Main Streets Conference attracts professionals in preservation-based, economic development and community revitalization, including both experienced and new downtown and neighborhood Main Street directors, volunteers, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, volunteers and consultants. The conference will be held at the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit on May 18-21, 2014.
To submit proposals for the 2014 Main Streets Conference, visit the National Main Street Center website at www.mainstreet.org. Proposals are due September 16.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities. MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshd