Main Street Track

Session One: Diverging Views Producing Positive Change

September 19 | 10:00 am to Noon

Disrupting entrenched Community habits to find healthier and more productive ways to reach short and long term goals. Look beyond traditional views of community conflict.  Traditionally, downtowns have viewed conflict as a negative force which needs to be eliminated by imposing more structure or uniformity. Today, though, successful towns are more likely to embrace diverging views, realizing that they can lead to increased creativity, opportunities to improve, and greater productivity.  Rather than eliminating conflict, the goal is to better manage the conflict that inevitably comes with the open exchange of ideas.

Session Two: Celebrating the Townie

September 19 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Rural regions offer inexpensive and attractive places to live with a quality of life one can enjoy. But have you been asked why you are still in your town or why you came back? Did you choose to stay in or return to your hometown because of potential, passion and room for radical change and exciting opportunity? The majority of the United States remains rural today yet research shows we are preparing our gifted young people to leave their small towns, never to return. Learn how to engage our younger generation by showing them the opportunities that exist in your small town!

Session Three: Crazy Good First Impressions

September 20 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Attendees will learn how they can take back an assessment program to their community that examines a downtown through the eyes of potential residents, visitors and businesses, helping communities to learn about their downtown’s assets and opportunities for improvement. Most important, the program provides local residents and business owners the skills to make their community a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

Session Four: Bringing Big Ideas to Life – Ways to Make Your Small Town Idea Friendly

Colonial Theatre | September 20 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Becky McCray, Co-Founder of Save Your Town

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship Key Partners

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