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Join us at Missouri's Premier Revitalization Conference to hear Keynote Presentations by Peter Kageyama, Brandon W. Johnson, and Ben Muldrow. 


The Westin St. Louis
July 24 - July 26, 2019
www.getpluggedindowntown.com 




Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of 'the city.'

Peter speaks about emotional engagement with PLACES- cities, towns, communities, neighborhoods, and especially downtowns, which he calls the "psychic centers" of places. Good things happen when more people become emotionally engaged with their places and when more people fall in love with those places. Main Street programs play a unique role in creating this sense of place. 

Peter will inspire the audience to encourage people to go from saying they love a place to actually doing something for that place. He believes Main Streets can compete and even thrive in the Age of Amazon with bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.

Peter will be available at Main Street 5 & Dime to sign books immediately following his address. 

 



 

Brandon W. Johnson, a.k.a. "Positive Energy Guy" has had the honor of developing tens of thousands of leader through his leadership trainings, workshops, and speeches over the past 20 years. In 2017 and 2018, Brandon was honored and humbled by being named the #1 Global Guru for the Hospitality Industry. 


Brandon has more than 20 years of experience in operations and leadership positions in the hospitality industry, non-profits, training organizations, entrepreneurship, and higher education. He holds a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management and a master's degree in management technology with an organization development focus. His clients include such well-known names as McDonald's, Hilton, Famous Dave's, Hyatt, and Odyssey Resorts. 


Brandon's trademark passion, heart, and energy inspires audiences everywhere while also giving them practical tools to take their results in business and life to the next level. Brandon's book, "Hospitality from the Heart," will help you engage your employees, deliver extraordinary service, and create loyal guests.  

Brandon will be available at Main Street 5 & Dime to sign books immediately following his address. 




 
Join Ben Muldrow as he discusses all the current trends and future changes that could revolutionize our nation's downtowns. Ben has been presenting at Main Street conferences for nearly twenty years. His motivation and quick wit will keep you engaged and his background in branding and marketing will reveal insights and inspiration that will give you practical steps you can put into action right away to shape the future of your town. This fast - paced presentation is sure to get you excited about the changes happening on Main Street.  

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There are 3 keynote sessions and 15 classroom sessions that you are able to attend this year at Missouri's Premier Revitalization Conference. 

Here are the 15 different classroom sessions that you can attend:

  • Game Changers In Entrepreneurship! 

  • Main Street In Urban Environments - Best Practices For Success

  • Empower Change Through Partnerships for Extraordinary Projects

  • Downtown's Dirty Little Secrets

  • My "Place" Changes Things! 

  • Speak LIFE Through Storytelling

  • Historic Preservation - Appreciating The Weird

  • Creating Communities For All Ages

  • Combining Historic Tax Credits With Opportunity Zones

  • How Will YOU Celebrate 2021 Missouri Bicentennial?

  • Recurring Events In Your Downtown - Bringing Visitors Every Month

  • I Want What They Have - How To Successfully Develop An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Or Not)

  • Teaming With Veterans To Strengthen Main Street And The Community That Shops There

  • Looking At Money From All Angles To Develop A Solid Funding Structure 

  • Bring To Life Your Community And Economic Development Projects

 

View All Session Descriptions & Speakers Here

 

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Mayor Sandy Lucy
Washington, Missouri


Conference Website: WWW.GETPLUGGEDINDOWNTOWN.COM
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Missouri Main Street Connection values the benefits of face-to-face educational training. Main Street conferences and workshops offer real and creative solutions to common community revitalization problems through educational sessions and mobile workshops. They provide the opportunity to network and exchange valuable ideas with colleagues experiencing similar success and challenges.

 

Hosting the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City meant that ensuring the attendance by as many Missouri communities as possible was imperative. Knowing that some community programs have slim budgets, and not wanting anyone to miss the opportunity, we provided scholarships to those desiring to attend this national event. Our focus was primarily on awarding scholarships to first-time attendees and individuals from newer, younger downtown revitalization programs. Included here are some comments from recipients following their attendance at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference.


Photo courtesy of Slava Bowman Photography (c)2018.

 

A Wealth of Information

 


  As a retired teacher, I have attended my share of conferences. However, the scope, depth and professionalism of this conference blew me away. From the Monday Morning Kick-off Session, to every agonizing decision on which workshop to attend, there was a wealth of information, enthusiasm and expertise to guide and challenge me. – Dan Green, Kirksville, MO 
    The first general session...was absolutely wonderful. It made me think of our Main Street organization in a completely different way. – Liz Ogle, Grandview, MO
    There were vendors present who provided services relevant to my downtown and I appreciate the opportunity to meet with them. – Melissa Combs, Kennett, MO
    Attending the 2018 Main Street Now Conference was far more than any of us expected. After three days, meeting many new friends, hearing new ideas, building renewed energy, and developing real strategies for success, we all believe this conference was the jumpstart we needed. – Rusty Sullivan, Belton, MO

 


Highly Motivated Individuals



  I cannot express how fulfilling it was to be around like-minded professionals that do what they are passionate about every day. – Lauren Manning, St. Joseph, MO
    The experience of being surrounded with people driven, focused and with a passion for the revitalization of their community’s downtown was an energizing start to my new position as Executive Director. – Kristel Reiman, Warrensburg, MO

The camaraderie and networking that permeated the event was priceless. – Dana DeFoe, Odessa, MO

    Being around a group of highly motivated individuals, ready to do whatever it takes to improve their organization and community had me itching to get back home and start implementing that optimism. – Riley Price, Missouri Preservation

 

 

Incredibly Positive Experience



  Simply put: WOW! Without a doubt, the National Main Street Conference was one of the most empowering conferences I have ever attended. – Adam Morton, Knob Noster, MO 

 

Having the conference in Kansas City was an absolute joy, as Kansas City has quickly become one of my favorite places to visit. I believe [Missouri] Main Street Connection is one of the very best non-profits out there and is making useful strides on the front lines of revitalization efforts in small and mid-sized historic towns across the country. – Adam Flock, Moberly, MO

 

It was wonderful to see the impact a revitalized Main Street has on all aspects of life within a community. Thanks for reminding me why “this place matters.” – Kim Buckman, Moberly, MO

 

I was impressed by the size and sophistication of the conference, then amazed by the presenters. – Gaylene Green, Kirksville, MO

 

Overall it was an incredibly positive experience and I hope to repeat it in Seattle in 2019. – Isabelle Jones, Willow Springs, MO



 Photo courtesy of Slava Bowman Photography (c)2018.

 

As you can see, a live setting of classroom sessions, mobile workshops, and networking with fellow Main Streeters provides an invaluable experience for volunteers working to revitalize their community.

 

MMSC is grateful to the following scholarship sponsors. Due to their generosity, we were able to award scholarships for registration fees to 30 individuals to attend the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City.

Ameren

Dalco Industries, Inc.

Karen Bode Baxter, Preservation Specialist

Kiku Obata and Company

Lisart Capital, LLC

Mangrove

R.G. Ross Construction Co., Inc.

STRATA Architecture + Preservation

Header photo courtesy of Slava Bowman Photography (c)2018.
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Everybody, have you heard? We’re gonna buy you a mockingbird!


No. No, we’re not. But…

 

We’re going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here we come!

 

We’re bringing a national event to the Heartland in March! Mark your calendars for March 26-28 to join us in Kansas City for the 2018 Main Street Now national conference for three exciting days of learning innovative solutions, exploring unique neighborhoods, and networking with peers.

 

Power & Light District, Kansas City. Credit: VisitKC

 

On the local (aka Missouri) home front, the Missouri Main Street committee for the national conference is working hard to plan an outstanding conference for downtown professionals in Missouri and nationwide. We expect upwards of 1500 individuals passionate about re-energizing local businesses, refurbishing historic buildings, and building vibrant, sustainable local economies.

 

The Elms Hotel & Spa, Excelsior Springs

 

Registration is open now and offers early bird registration rates through January 12, 2018. Don’t worry, registration will be open up to the event – but it’ll cost you more. Our advice – register early! The hotel block at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown (conference location) is also open. We advise you reserve that early, too!

 

Liberty, MO

 

Check out the mobile workshops we’re planning around downtown Kansas City and in some great Main Street communities in the area – Liberty, Excelsior Springs, Chillicothe (ahem, 2018 GAMSA semifinalist!), and Emporia, KS. Tickets for mobile workshops and special events are available now for purchase with registration.

 

Chillicothe, MO

 

Don’t forget about the big party – the Big Bash – thrown by Downtown Lee’s Summit (ahem, 2010 GAMSA winner!). Buy a ticket for the Big Bash and get a $25 gift card to spend on dinner, shopping, and lots of other great stuff!

A preliminary schedule of session topics is available. Detailed descriptions of sessions will be on the conference app soon.

 

 

Of course, an event this epic needs the help of volunteers. Opportunities are available before, during and after the conference including educational session monitors and mobile workshop assistants plus a variety of other positions. And volunteers who work at least 8 hours receive $160 off a full conference registration! See all available opportunities and sign up here. 


Well, we might take a plane, we might take a train
If we have to walk, we're going just the same...
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The state revitalization conference is well underway and off to a great start. This morning in the opening ceremony our State Director, Gayla Roten, welcomed all of the attendees and announced two new MMSC programs that we are very excited to offer to communities in Missouri!

People Energizing Places

The first program that Gayla announced is People Energizing Places. Starting and sustaining a Main Street organization can be challenging. Missouri Main Street Connection's new People Energizing Places (PEP) Grant can help your Main Street organization gain additional training and expert guidance to become more effective. This new two year program provides individualized training, focused initiatives for sustained revitalization and technical expertise developed to advance the Main Street organization's downtown development.

Strategic Teams Engaging Places Grant

The second program announced is the Strategic Teams Engaging Place Grant. Sustaining a Main Street organization can be challenging. Missouri Main Street Connection's new Strategic Teams Engaging Places (STEP) Grant will catapult your organization to the next level through expert guidance and training to create real change in your revitalization efforts. This new one year program provides customized training from a detailed assessment to strategically advance the Main Street organization's downtown development.


Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge at kwinge@momainstreet.org for more information about these programs.

 

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Missouri's premier revitalization conference, Get Plugged in Downtown, starts on Tuesday. We can't wait for you to see what's in store. If you haven't signed up you can still register online on the conference website or onsite the day of the conference. For those of you that have already signed up for this inspiring conference we've put together a top 10 list of things to know before you come below. 

  1. The Registration Office is located in the Presidents Room on the 3rd Floor and will be open the following hours: Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

  2. Main Street Basic Training courses in the Four-Point Approach® are all day Tuesday. Conference attendees who attend all four sessions/points and answer designated essay questions over each point may receive a Certificate of Completion at the Evening of Excellence.

  3. NEW! Certified Local Government** (CLG) workshops will be on Tuesday. Attend this two-part workshop for information on why you should be a CLG community and how you can utilize the CLG program to benefit your downtown.

  4. The “Main Street Clinic” (formerly Doctor Is In) is open 8 to 9 am and 1:15 to 2:15 pm on Wednesday and Thursday for anyone needing a boost of inspiration or a listening ear. By appointment only. Sign up at the MMSC registration desk.

  5. What to wear:

    a) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Conference Sessions: Business Casual (no jeans please).
    b) Tuesday evening’s Opening Reception at The Culinary Center: Casual, non-flowy attire and kitchen safe shoes.
    c) Wednesday and Thursday In-the-Field Tours: Casual attire and flat, sensible shoes.
    d) Wednesday evening for the ShowMe Bash in Excelsior Springs: Casual attire and flat, sensible shoes.
    e) Thursday evening, Wine Reception and Evening of Excellence Dinner & Awards: Semi-formal/Cocktail attire.

    As conference hotel session rooms tend to be chilly, we suggest wearing layers or bringing a sweater or jacket.

  6. Weather forecast for the conference (as of 7/23/15):
    Tuesday: High of 99 / Low of 75, Sunny, 0% Chance of Rain
    Wednesday: High of 87 / Low of 65, Scattered Thunderstorms, 50% Chance of Rain
    Thursday: High of 90 / Low of 67, Isolated Thunderstorms, 0% Chance of Rain

  7. Parking & Wi-Fi: Daytime parking is available to attendees for $10 per day. Passes will be issued at the MMSC registration desk. Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available for conference attendees in guest rooms and conference areas.

  8. Be sure to visit our fantastic exhibitors in the Expo Hall! They are there especially for you and offer a wide variety of services and products that will help to enhance your downtown revitalization efforts. The Expo Hall hours are: Wednesday: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm; Thursday: 7:30 am – 12:15 pm w/PRIZE giveaway at noon!

  9. New! Is this your first Main Street Conference? A First Time Attendees session will be on Wednesday at 8 am. Also, look for the in the sessions descriptions in the program to help guide you on the best sessions track to help lay a foundation of knowledge to build your Main Street skills.

  10. This year, the conference surveys will be sent with a link via email to be completed online following the conference.

We're looking forward to seeing you this week!

 

**This workshop is partially funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.  Grant awards do not imply an endorsement of contents by the grantor.  Federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, handicap or ethnicity.  For more information, write to the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

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