The Brighter Future of Empty Buildings

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

Deb Brown knows about empty buildings. She created the Empty Buildings Tour and filled 10 of the 12 buildings on the tour in her town. As co-founder of SaveYour.Town Deb travels to small towns and helps provide practical steps to a brighter future. In this presentation you’ll learn:

  • Why buildings stay empty and how to change the owners’ minds;
  • what you can do with empty buildings;
  • why it matters to fill them and bring more businesses to town.
  • many examples of other communities already doing the work,
  • and other ideas of what to do with empty lots and roofless buildings too.

Speaker: Deb Brown, Co-Founder of SaveYour.Town



Operating a Business in a “New Normal”

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Businesses and business owners have been tasked with blind decision-making and radical business- model pivots in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this new normal, small businesses need to find ways to safeguard the health of their employees, support morale in the remote workplace and ensure financial stability. With the cautious reopening of the economy, business owners must forge ahead with new plans for hiring, training and taking care of their workforce. Join a panel discussion lead by small business owners who are ready to share ideas that have worked for them as they maneuver through difficult times. Discover the resources available to small businesses and how to take advantage of them.

Speaker: TBD



Livable Downtowns – Stevens and Associates

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Stevens and Associates of Brattleboro, Vt., is an award-winning architecture, civil and structural engineering and landscape architecture consulting firm specializing in livable communities, historic building preservation and campus design. Join founder and President Robert Stevens in a discussion on what makes a viable downtown. Stevens works to support a Main Street model by first embracing the fabric of that which already exists. This means adaptive reuse of old buildings, sensitive design of new buildings and the creation of pedestrian-friendly downtowns. The goal of this session is to inspire individuals to consider what is already available in their communities and to move forward with change that is appropriate and supportive of a diverse, robust and thriving, downtown.

Speaker: Robert Stevens, P.C., Founder and President of Stevens & Associates

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