National Main Street Conference Coming to Michigan

This year, the National Main Street Conference is coming to Michigan! For the very first time, the national conference will take place in Detroit, and Oakland County is a participating sponsor and partner.

The conference, sponsored by the National Main Street Center and hosted by Michigan’s Main Street Center and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), is expected to bring in over 1,500 downtown development professionals from across the U.S. to Michigan.

ms-image-1Special stops and tours will take place all throughout Oakland County – from the Welcome Reception taking place in Ferndale (a “Great American Main Street Award Winner” from the National Main Street Center), to a “Cruising Woodward” tour of Birmingham and Pontiac, conference attendees will get an up close and personal look at our Main Street communities right here in Oakland County!

In addition to the Main Street leaders, this event attracts all professionals (experienced and new) interested in preservation-based economic development and community revitalization, including planners, architects, public officials, and consultants. An array of technical and 101 sessions will be available, in addition to tours and networking events over the course of 3 days.

Registration for the 2014 National Main Streets Conference is now open! The rates are as follows:

•    Standard: $460 Member / $580 Non-Member
•    One Day: $200 Member / $250 Non-Member

Don’t miss out on this spectacular opportunity to discover (or rediscover) the incredible Main Street communities we have right here in southeastern Michigan. For more information about the conference, visit the National Main Street Conference website (HERE), or the conference registration page (HERE).

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) is our unique economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on “sense of place.” We help local government develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities.

Established under the leadership of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in 2000, MSOC is the nation’s first county-wide Main Street® program.

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