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Minnesota Main Street Basic Training and Blight Seminar

December 17, 2013 @ 11:00 am - December 18, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

Learn how to apply the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization in your community from an interdisciplinary team of expert trainers. Whether you’re new to Main Street or a seasoned veteran, Main Street Basic Training provides the fundamentals on a proven model used to reinvigorate traditional business districts across the country.


414 Becker Avenue SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Trainers include:

  • Organization and Board Training: Emily Northey – Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
  • Design: Catherine Sandlund – Minnesota Historical Society, SHPO
  • Promotion and Economic Restructuring: Todd Barman – Barman Consulting

You’ll learn about:

  • Downtown building issues: infill, repairs, and facades
  • Growing entrepreneurial ventures
  • Developing market-driven image campaigns (driving publicity), special events (driving traffic), business promotions (driving sales)
  • Funding your program, volunteers, and building community support

Who should attend?

  • Downtown revitalization board members, volunteers, and staff
  • Revitalization committee members
  • City officials
  • Downtown developers
  • Economic development professionals
  • Chambers of commerce

While you’re here…

Blight and Problem Properties Roundtable: Tuesday, December 17, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Personal conversation with Main Street Economic Restructuring expert, Todd Barman, and Preservation      Alliance of Minnesota Executive Director, Doug Gasek
  • Shed light on solutions to the challenges of blighted properties
  • Registration for this session is separate from the Basic Training – $100/non-member  $50/Associate Communities


Registration fees for Basic Training: 

Designated   Main Street Program Unlimited   complimentary admissions
Associate   Members $65   per person
Non-members $210   per person

Register here by Tuesday, December 10th.

Registration fees for Blight and Problem Properties Roundtable (10-12 people only):

Designated   Main Street Program Complimentary   admissions
Associate   Members $50   per person
Non-members $100   per person

Register here by Tuesday, December 10th.


Contact Emily Northey: 651-293-9047 x4 (office), 651-262-8770 (cell)



December 17, 2013 @ 11:00 am
December 18, 2013 @ 5:00 pm