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 2011 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!
Who Should Attend: Staff and volunteers of organizations focusing on downtown historic preservation and economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, and others with an interest in the future of downtown will benefit from attending this conference.
Our Host Community: The setting for this year’s conference is lovely downtown Baker City where the pioneering spirit and the sense of adventure still thrive along the Historic Oregon Trail. Known as the “Queen City of the Inland Empire” in the early twentieth century, profits from the gold mines financed many of the fine brick, masonry, and stone commercial buildings that grace the city. With its many registered historic buildings, Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, terrific restaurants, national award winning brew pub, coffee houses, and one of a kind shopping, downtown Baker City is the perfect venue to showcase long-standing preservation-based revitalization efforts.
Keynote Address: You won’t want to miss Roger Brooks’ keynote address, “The 20 Ingredients of an Outstanding Destination.” Have you ever wondered why some communities or downtowns are so successful while others struggle? To find out, the Destination Downtown International team spent nearly 6 years studying more than 400 vibrant downtowns and communities to uncover the most common elements that led to their success. In this lively keynote address, you’ll hear stories from these great places and learn things you can do to enhance your community. Roger Brooks, CEO of DDI, has assisted nearly a thousand communities in their efforts to become better places to live, invest, establish a business, or visit.