2014 Upper Mississippi Main Street Conference

October 21-23, 2014

Convention Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Conference Hotel: Downtown Radisson

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DRAFT Conference Agenda

October 21st

8 – 10 PM: Evening Reception with cash bar, snacks

October 22nd

8:30 AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks – LaCrosse Mayor Tim Kabat

8:45-9:45 AM: Keynote Speaker – PPS, Cynthia Nikitin

9:45-10:00 AM: Break

Session 1: The Arts Downtown
Session 2: Sustainability Panel

11:10- 12:15:
Tour: Candy Factory Hotel Renovation – Nick Weber, Charmant Hotel
Session 1: Embracing Diversity in Downtown
Session 2: Overcoming Adversity: Floods, Fire and Other Setbacks

12:15-1:45: Lunch On Your Own

2:00 – 3:00 PM:
Tour: Arts District – Toni Asher, Pump House
Session 1: Working with Religious Institutions
Session 2: Converting Seedy Into Swanky

3:00-3:15 PM: Break

3:30-4:30 PM:
Tour: Downtown Walking Tour
Session1: Local Foods
Session 2: Technology on Main Street

6:00 PM: Social Hour – Weber Center for the Performing Arts

7:00 PM: Dinner

October 23rd

8:00-9:30 AM: Networking Breakfast – Roundtable Discussions
Volunteer Recruitment
Fund Raising Campaigns/Investment Drives
Main Street/City Partnerships
Promoting Local Shopping During the Holidays
Tax Credit Utilization

9:30-11:00 AM:
State Updates
Alternate Session:  LaCrosse Historian Les Crocker, Michael Scott storytelling historian

11:00-12:00 PM:  Closing Session – National Main Street Center and 3 minute success stories

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