Destination: Milwaukee, WI. Yes, that’s right, I’m packing up and heading 545 miles east. It’s an eight-hour drive, but it will be all worth it once I get to the National Main Street Conference. A lot of people think our program is designed to just help our Main Street in town. That isn’t the case! The Main Street Program is designed to work and assist the entire community. The name is from a national community revitalization program active in many states across the nation, known as the National Main Street Center. This is a subsidiary of the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The National Main Street Conference happens every year, but isn’t always this close.
This three-day conference will take a deep dive into the Main Street’s four-point approach and focus on different ways to improve communities. Some of the topics offered include new director training, entrepreneurship, growing locally owned businesses, vacant storefronts, and how social media can help manage your program- just to name a few. This will also be a great opportunity to network with other directors. I’m sure there will be many conversations about problems other communities face, how they are dealing with these problems, and how they compare to Barnesville.
I am going to take advantage of this opportunity and hopefully bring back some excitement and knowledge. Then the next step is putingt it to good use in Barnesville!