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2013 Oregon Main Street Conference: "Cool Cities: Old Buildings. New Attitudes."

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Astoria, OR

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OMS Network General Registration
Ticket covers general conference registration for communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. Includes "Power of Main Street" luncheon - optional donation to Restore Oregon can be made separately. On-site sign-up for walking tours will be available at registration.
5 days before event starts $0.00 $0.00
Non-Network General Registration
Ticket covers general conference registration. Includes registration for "Power of Main Street" luncheon - sign up separately for optional donation to benefit Restore Oregon. On-site sign-up for walking tours will be available at registration.
1 day before event starts $75.00 $0.00
Benefit Luncheon: Power of Main Street, Oct 3
The Power of Main Street luncheon is sponsored by Pacific Power & Restore Oregon. While the luncheon is hosted by Pacific Power, donations are accepted to benefit Restore Oregon.
1 day before event starts Enter donation ($)
Pre-conference Workshop: "Main Street Bootcamp"   more info 1 day 1 hour before event starts $0.00 $0.00
Pre-conference Workshop: "For Board Members Only"   more info 1 day before event starts $0.00 $0.00
Opening Session: Keynote & Excellence in Downtown Awards   more info 1 day before event starts $0.00 $0.00

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Coming Soon! Download a PDF of the full Preliminary conference agenda on our website at on July 26.


About the Conference: Get ready to be inspired! Make new connections and get new tools to keep your downtown vibrant and competitive in today’s market. The 2013 Oregon Main Street Annual Conference will offer proven ideas and strategies for preservation-based revitalization that is relevant to rural, mid-sized, and urban communities. This conference is a great way to look at the “big picture” of downtown revitalization by discovering fresh ideas and learning numerous ways to turn your historic downtown or neighborhood commercial district into a bustling center of activity. Sessions cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience. The format includes walking tours, lectures, and networking time.  Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind conference!


Opening Session:  Our keynote speaker this year is Fred Kent. Fred is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, he is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. Traveling over 150,000 miles each year, Fred offers technical assistance to communities and has given talks across the U.S. as well as internationally. Each year, he and the PPS staff train 10,000 people in Placemaking techniques.


Luncheon: "Power of Main Street" Sponsored by Pacific Power and Restore Oregon: Join Main Street supporters from across Oregon for an informative panel discussion about broad initiatives that are impacting Oregon's downtowns. The luncheon is hosted by Pacific Power, but pre-registration is required.


Back By Popular Demand: Based on the positive feedback last year, we are once again offering pre-conference workshops! This year we will offer our "Main Street Boot Camp" - a great introduction to downtown revitalization. We are also offering a session, "For Board Members Only," to help board members of downtown programs across Oregon to identify and discuss pressing issues for local programs and boards.


Who Should Attend: Staff and volunteers of organizations focusing on downtown historic preservation and economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, chamber of commerce professionals and volunteers, and others with an interest in the future of downtown will benefit from attending this conference.


Our Host Community: Astoria exemplifies our conference theme, "Cool Cities: Old Buildings. New Attitudes."  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. Surrounded by the beauty of the forest, mountains, 3 rivers and the sea plan on extending your visit beyond the conference to soak up all the area has to offer!


Accommodations:  There are several Hotel and Bed & Breakfast options in Astoria. Preferred rates are offered by the following Hotels - you must request rooms reserved for "Oregon Main Street." Room blocks are guaranteed to September 2 on a space available basis.


Downtown Hotels:

Commodore Hotel, 258 14th Street, 503.325.4747,

$65/night for "cabin" (shared bath); $129/night for "suite"


Hotel Elliott (across the street from the Liberty Theater), 503.325.2222,
$107.10/night plus tax.


On the Trolley Line: 

Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, #10 Basin Street, 503-325-4996,

$96/double queen or deluxe king (*also have 2 pet friendly double queen rooms)


Astoria Holiday Inn Express, 204 W Marine Dr, 503.325.6222,

Limited number of rooms available at $96. Additional room block reserved at $149.


Riverwalk Inn, 400 Industry Street, 503.325.2013,




Information on additional lodging options can be found at:


Co-sponsor: Restore Oregon


Partners: Thank you to this year's conference Partners:

  • Astoria Downtown Historic District Association
  • City of Astoria
  • Pacific Power

Post-Conference Workshop: Leaded Glass Window Repair Workshop
Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation program is offering a two day workshop, October 5‐6,
that is available to Main Street Conference participants. College credit is available and it may apply toward continuing education credit.
Students learn the causes of deterioration and failure of leaded glass windows and gain hands‐on experience in repair and restoration techniques required to re‐establish the soundness and integrity of windows. Topics covered include: Properties and types of colored glass, Glass cutting, Laying out and transferring patterns, Soldering techniques, Assessing condition of damaged leaded glass windows,Planning appropriate corrective procedures, Techniques for removing and handling panels, Resoldering cames, Waterproofing/cementing repaired leaded glass windows.
Instructor: Jim Hannen, Hannen Stained Glass
Dates: October 5‐6, 2013
Times: 9:00am–4:00pm
Location: Clatsop Community College Art Building
Register for BLD 236 online at or call 503.338.7670
For more information contact Lucien Swerdloff at 503.338.2301 or


Oregon Main Street is administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Have questions about 2013 Oregon Main Street Conference: "Cool Cities: Old Buildings. New Attitudes."? Contact Oregon Main Street


Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial Street
Astoria, OR 97103

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