Oregon Main Street's Annual Conference showcasing best practices for downtown revitalization will take place October 2-4, 2013, in Astoria, Oregon. According to the organization, Astoria exemplifies the conference theme, "Cool Cities: Old Buildings. New Attitudes." In a news release they say " Filled with wonderful historic buildings, excellent shopping and dining opportunities, and a bevy of activities, this community of 10,000 on the Columbia River will be a place of discovery for conference attendees."
This one-of-a-kind conference brings together a group of specialists in the field of downtown revitalization. The conference is open to staff and volunteers from organizations focusing on downtown economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, and others with an interest in helping guide the future of their downtown. Attendees will learn downtown revitalization tools and techniques.
Sessions will be available for both beginners and those with experience. Topics include: historic theaters, pop-ups on main street, energy efficiency and historic preservation, local investing tools, branding, how brewpubs are revitalizing downtowns, effective task forces, urban renewal, working with property owners, fundraising, and a whole preservation track.
This year's keynote presentation "Power of Ten" will feature Fred Kent. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, Mr. Kent is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. In this presentation, Mr. Kent will discuss Placemaking, the Power of Ten principles, and how to create livable cities. Case studies from around the world will exemplify both small scale interventions to large scale public destinations with insight into how they were achieved and why they are successful.
The 2013 Oregon Main Street Conference will include walking tours, lectures, and networking time. The opening session will also feature the annual "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" awards presentation, recognizing outstanding accomplishments in downtown revitalization throughout the state.
Oregon Main Street is administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, Heritage Division, Oregon Parks and Recreation.