The National Main Streets Conference: Better than Mardi Gras

Posted on: February 12th, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

It’s true.  New Orleans during Mardi Gras is a spectacle like no other.  But this April we’ve got something that’s even better: New Orleans and the National Main Streets Conference. This year’s gathering will  focus on the convergence of heritage tourism, the arts, and entrepreneurship on Main Streets to create a thriving economy based on the foods, music, people, stories, and traditions that make a place special.

The conference, which will take place April 14-16, will give attendees the chance to learn from this mecca of heritage tourism with three full days of learning and networking and mobile workshops that focus on the success of the Main Street Approach in urban neighborhood districts, mid-sized suburbs, and small towns.

Here are a few sessions to whet your appetite.


  • Strategies for Encouraging Walking and Biking in Urban Communities
  • The 4 P's of Creative Economy: People, Products, Places & Partnerships
  • Historic Tax Credit Workshop
  • Authenticity as Economic Catalyst
  • Bubbling Up: Cultural Revitalization Through Community in New Orleans
  • Creative Collaborative Efforts between Main Streets and Municipalities
  • Finding Funding for Local Projects: What, When, Where and How?
  • Hysteria and History: Telling The Difference to Establish Your Community's Unique Identity
  • Maine's Green Downtowns Program: Bringing Sustainability to Historic Town Centers
  • National or Local? What Kind Of Historic District Does Your Community Want and What Does It Mean?

Learn more about this year’s National Main Streets Conference.


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