[Heritage] Downtown Revitalization Conference Set for October 2-4, 2013 in Astoria

Kuri Gill kuri.gill at state.or.us
Mon Sep 23 12:45:14 PDT 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Date:               September, 2013
Contact:          Sheri Stuart, Oregon State Main Street, 503.986.0679
 
Downtown Revitalization Conference Set for October 2-4, 2013 in
Astoria
 
SALEM – Oregon Main Street’s Annual Conference showcasing best
practices for downtown revitalization will take place October 2-4, 2013,
in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria exemplifies the 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.
 
This one-of-a-kind conference brings together a group of specialists in
the field of downtown revitalization. The conference is open to staff
and volunteers from organizations focusing on downtown economic
development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders,
and others with an interest in helping guide the future of their
downtown. Attendees will learn downtown revitalization tools and
techniques. 
 
Sessions will be available for both beginners and those with
experience. Topics include: historic theaters, pop-ups on main street,
energy efficiency and historic preservation, local investing tools,
branding, how brewpubs are revitalizing downtowns, effective task
forces, urban renewal, working with property owners, fundraising, and a
whole preservation track. 
 
This year’s keynote presentation “Power of Ten” will feature Fred Kent.
As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, Mr. Kent is known
throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. In
this presentation, Mr. Kent will discuss Placemaking, the Power of Ten
principles, and how to create livable cities. Case studies from around
the world will exemplify both small scale interventions to large scale
public destinations with insight into how they were achieved and why
they are successful. 
 
The 2013 Oregon Main Street Conference will include walking tours,
lectures, and networking time. The opening session will also feature the
annual "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" awards presentation,
recognizing outstanding accomplishments in downtown revitalization
throughout the state.
 
For more conference and registration information, visit
www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street,
503.986.0679 or email at sheri.stuart at state.or.us.
 
Oregon Main Street is administered by the State Historic Preservation
Office, Heritage Division, Oregon Parks and Recreation. 
 
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Kuri Gill
Oregon Heritage
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301-1266
(503) 986-0685
(503) 986-0793 (fax)
kuri.gill at state.or.us
www.oregonheritage.org
www.facebook.com/oregonheritage
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/
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