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Creative Community Summits on Placemaking — A Main Street Event

July 29, 2015

Tennessee has more than 60 beautiful courthouse squares, historic downtowns and rural villages that have participated in ECD's downtown revitalization programs — Tennessee Main Streets and Tennessee Downtowns. All have unique features, but they share a common trait in having dedicated people who want that downtown to be the best possible place it can be. Whether volunteer, staff or elected official, we all want our communities to be places where people can earn a living, enjoy life and plan a future. And we want a downtown that attracts good things to the broader community.

Invest a day in training and inspiring the people who are driving your downtown revitalization efforts. We're bringing in three national experts to talk about Placemaking, with the same program repeated in East, Middle and West Tennessee. And it's free (including lunch!). Here's the program:

  • Attracting Retail Back to Main Street — Robert Gibbs, founder of the Urban Retail Institute
  • Elements of a Thriving Downtown — Kathy LaPlante, National Main Street Center
  • Synergy of Main Street and Placemaking — Joe Borgstrom, Place & Main Advisors
  • Plus updates from the Tennessee Accelerator Network.

Who should attend? Downtown steering committee board members, downtown managers, chamber officials, entrepreneurs, elected officials with a heart for downtown and anyone interested in making their downtown commercial district a better place.

This is a free event offered on three consecutive dates in three locations, and includes a complementary box lunch. However, capacity is limited so pre-registration if required.

Register for the location most convenient to you:
Tuesday, Aug. 4 — McKinney Cultural Arts Center, Booker T. Washington School, 103 Franklin Ave., Jonesboro TN (East Tennessee) Order free tickets to the Jonesborough event here:

Wednesday, Aug. 5 — Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 10 E. Broad St., Cookeville, TN (Upper Cumberland/Middle Tennessee) Order free tickets to the Cookeville event here:

Thursday, Aug. 6 — Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, 191 Court Square, Huntingdon, TN (West Tennessee) Order free tickets to the Huntingdon event here:

On-line registration continues until July 31 or when the available space fills up.