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Mornings on Main with Derek Lumsden
Wednesday, June 3 at 8:30AM 

Mornings on Main webinar will focus on rules of thumb to help recession and pandemic proof your communities to develop more resilient places in the future. Derek Lumsden will give high level views on what to do from the Main Street, downtown organization, and small business perspectives.


Derek has been involved in downtown economic development and historic preservation for over 10 years. He has his certification from Main Street America as a revitalization professional. Derek has served on the Enhance Iowa Board, a statewide board dedicated to improving quality of life and supporting local "placemaking" through grant initiatives.

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Mornings on Main with Randy Wilson
Wednesday, May 27 at 8:30AM


Historically, “disaster” was thought of in terms of hurricanes, tornadoes, fire, or flooding. More recently, we’ve become aware of a different kind of ‘disaster’ on a global scale related to a viral pandemic. During times of recovery from disaster, are there strategies to be employed from a design perspective that can not only help our communities recover as swiftly as possible, but potentially be better prepared for any impending disaster in the future? 

Randy Wilson will share best practices for design within the context of disaster recovery based on his experience in spearheading planning exercises in ten Mississippi coastal communities after Hurricane Katrina, as well as participating with a team of professionals that prepared eight disaster recovery plans for Vermont communities responding to Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene.

Together with webinar participants, he will facilitate a discussion on how we can address COVID-19 from a design perspective. Come prepared to learn and participate with this fast-paced, highly visual webinar that can better prepare our communities for appropriate responses to disasters from a Main Street design perspective.


Randy Wilson established Community Design Solutions in 2005 as a community-based planning firm devoted to delivering creative, asset-based design services for community building. Mr. Wilson serves as the consulting architect to Main Street South Carolina and is also the Project Architect for Lake City, SC where he has facilitated the renovation of more than 40 facades, two parks, and streetscape design. In 2019, Lake City was named America’s “#1 Small Town Cultural Scene” by USA Today. Prior to his role in Lake City, he was the consulting architect to Mississippi Main Street Association. To date, he has participated in over 400 resource teams and design and planning charrettes nationwide.

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We invite your counties, cities, and districts to host a watch party for this week's Mornings on Main! This webinar will look at the allocations counties and municipalities receive from the CARES Act for both emergency response and economic recovery activities. We have three representatives to discuss the process and opportunities for this funding.

Ed Douglas is the presiding county commissioner of Livingston County. Mr. Douglas is extremely involved in the community, including serving as the vice-president of Main Street Chillicothe and president of the Sliced Bread committee. He has more than 30 years of experience in banking and financial management. During his tenure as commissioner, he has led the county into a more fiscally-sound position.

Theresa Kelly has been in city government for more than 25 years as first the auditor and now the mayor of Chillicothe. She is a life-long resident of Chillicothe and is passionate in making her hometown a great place to live, work, and play. Her background as an auditor allows her to help keep Chillicothe fiscally-strong and help develop partnerships all over the community. 

Darin Chappell serves as the city administrator for Chillicothe. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public administration and later a master’s degree in public administration. He also serves as an advisory board member for Missouri Main Street Connection and is very active in boards and committees in the community.

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Mornings on Main webinar is taking a look ahead at “new reality” possibilities and working to compile potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts, and organizations as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.   This webinar will be presented by Jay Schlinsog of https://reopenmainstreet.com/

Jay has thirty years of community and economic development experience working at both the local level and with more than 200 communities and organizations across the United States. His areas of specialty include market research and analysis, business retention and recruitment, management, and communications.  In 2000, Jay founded Downtown Professionals Network (DPN) as a collaborative for industry-leading advocates and practitioners who specialize in downtown and business district revitalization solutions.  Prior to launching DPN, Jay served as executive director with Main Street and Chamber of Commerce organizations in Idaho, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin.   

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Mornings on Main free webinar will feature Joe Borgstrom presenting on Redefining Retail and Reopening Downtown on Wednesday, May 6. This webinar will discuss how to ease the transition from closed to open in our downtown districts and strategies business owners can use in this new environment.

Joe Borgstrom is an accomplished professional in the fields of downtown redevelopment, community and economic development, Main Street and placemaking. Joe and his wife Kirsten started their business Place + Main Advisors bringing over 40 years of experience. They specialize in downtown & economic development and implementation assistance services. Joe was formerly the Director of Downtown & Community Services at MSHDA, which included the national award winning Michigan Main Street program. 

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