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Things To Know Before You Go!!

  1. Did you know hospitality is our conference goal and our goal for your local Main Street Program? “A friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” We hope you enjoy the experience…


  2. The Registration Office is located in the Cupples Foyer outside the Cupples Ballroom. You can pick up your registration packets, badges, and tickets during the following hours:

    Tuesday:       1:00 pm – 5:00 pm    

    Wednesday:   7:30 am – 5:00 pm    
    Thursday:      8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday:           8:00 am – 12:00 pm

  3. Get ready & bring your shopping list! Shop a variety of Missouri & Main Street themed items. The Main Street 5 & Dime will be located in the Cupples Foyer.

  4. Main Street 101 training will be held Wednesday from 9 am – 4:30 pm in Cupples Salon C. Attendees that participate in the entire session and complete the Main Street 101 test with a passing score, will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates will be awarded at the Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony & Dinner. Email Janie@MoMainStreet.org if you would like to attend.

  5. The Main Street Clinic is open on Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm for anyone needing a boost of inspiration or a listening ear. Bring photos of what you wish to discuss. Stop by for a chat–no appointment necessary!

  6. Peter Kageyama and Brandon W. Johnson will sign books immediately following their Keynote Presentations at the Main Street 5 & Dime. Peter’s address will be Thursday morning at 9 am and Brandon’s address is Friday morning at 9 am.

    Preview the sessions & speakers HERE!


  7. Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony & Dinner will begin in the Promenade Foyer and Promenade Ballroom at the Westin St. Louis Hotel for the Wine Reception beginning at 6:00 pm. The Evening of Excellence Awards Dinner will follow beginning at 6:30 pm where we will have dinner and present awards to Missouri communities to celebrate their outstanding special projects and events. Tickets available at the registration office.


  8. What to wear:

    1. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Conference Sessions:  Business Casual (no jeans please).

    2. Tuesday evening’s Opening Reception at Budweiser Brewery:  Casual attire.

    3. Wednesday evening for the ShowMe Bash at the National Blues Museum:  Casual attire.

    4. Thursday evening, Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony & Dinner:  Semi-formal/Cocktail attire.

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

  9. Weather forecast for the conference (as of 7/18/19):

    Day / Temperature / Condition / Precipitation

    TUESDAY  High of 82º / Low of 63º; Sunny, 0% Chance of Rain

    WEDNESDAY High of 83º / Low of 64º; Sunny, 10% Chance of Rain

    THURSDAY High of 85º / Low of 65º; Sunny, 10% Chance of Rain

    FRIDAY High of 87º / Low of 68º; Mostly Sunny, 10% Chance of Rain


  10. Overnight guests of The Westin will receive 25% discount off food and soft drinks in Clark Street Grill.

  11. Bring your business cards to enter Exhibitor Prize Giveaways in the Expo Hall! The drawing will be held Thursday at 3 pm.

  12. Is this your first Main Street Conference? Look for the  in the sessions descriptions on the website and in the conference program to help guide you on the best sessions track to help lay a foundation of knowledge to build your Main Street skills.


We wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

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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

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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