This year’s conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.
Join us at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference, as we partner together to discuss opportunities to build a stronger TEAM both locally and nationally that will work with and support entrepreneurs to ensure the sustainability and excitement around downtown redevelopment. With Georgia as our living laboratory, we will look at ways to support rural, suburban and urban districts through creative economies, technology, and small business development. Here you will find real solutions to common problems and techniques to help position your Main Street Program and your community for success.
Meet the Speakers
President/CEO of National Main Street Center
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
VP/Community and National Initiatives of the Knight Foundation
Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative
Director of the Office of Downtown Development, DCA
National Main Streets Conference Mobile Tours
This tour will introduce ideas about marketing to a diverse customer base by using partnerships, tourism, history, and historic preservation. The tour includes visiting the Dahlonega Gold Museum and a guided wine tasting and art gallery walking tour.
The tour tells the story of Atlanta’s growth and evolution, as shown through its landmarks and historic distrits, going beyond architecture to showcase historical moments, individuals, & cultures that have shaped the evolution of the City.
The City of Griffin grew to be a prosperous mill town during much of the 20th century. Since the closing of the mills, grand buildings have been transformed into antique shops, and more designed to drive modern economic growth while integrating historic preservation.
Visit Atlanta’s first planned residential development. Dating from 1889, Inman Park has become a nationally celebrated example of neighborhood preservation. Enjoy a variety of other home styles, from Craftsman to post World War II to architecturally compatible infill.
The City of Suwanee is a dynamic community located in metropolitan Atlanta. Town Center, Suwanee’s signature civic gathering place, integrates both public & private uses and includes Town Center Park, City Hall, mixed use development, and public art.
Hapeville is a small but progressive city located 10 minutes south of Atlanta and adjacent to the Atlanta airport. Tour highlights include renovated historic buildings repurposed as arts venues, and public art installations.
Stroll down Sweet Auburn Avenue, the heart of African-American commerce and culture in Atlanta at the turn of the century. Discover landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and several historic African-American churches including, Ebenezer Baptist Church.
See Atlanta’s first skyscrapers and learn how this early business district developed through efforts of the businessmen, architects and prominent families of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Come learn about how one of Atlanta’s most unique neighborhoods has used historic preservation as a revitalization strategy within the context of a large urban area.
Madison Town Park is the small town version of New York’s Central Park or New Orleans’ Jackson Square. This greenspace led to the redevelopment of nine city blocks in the heart of one of Georgia’s most renowned historic districts.
Come and explore one of Atlanta’s most diverse avenues. Delve through the many layers of history that make Ponce de Leon Ave. a rich cultural treasure as we visit sites that have attracted visitors since the 19th century.
Monroe is the Antique Capital of Georgia and a highly sought after wedding destination. Come see small town solutions for event spaces, downtown living, and keyless lodging that all use local investors and restored historic properties.
Where to Stay
Atlanta Omni Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta within the bustling Luckie Marietta District, this luxury hotel treats you to views of the spectacular downtown skyline or picturesque Centennial Olympic Park.