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2013 Oregon Main Street Conference

Our Host Community

View of downtown Astoria (flickr credit: BeachcombersNW)

Astoria exemplifies our conference theme, "Cool Cities: Old Buildings. New Attitudes."  Filled with wonderful historic buildings, excellent shopping and dining opportunities, and a bevy of activities, this community of 10,000 on the Columbia River will be a place of discovery for conference attendees. Surrounded by the beauty of the forest, mountains, 3 rivers and the sea plan on extending your visit beyond the conference to soak up all the area has to offer!

Conference Presentations

Main Street Boot Camp

Keynote: The Power of 10

I Hate Fundraising!

New Life For Historic Theaters

Weak Committees? Try Task Forces Instead

How to Talk to Property Owners

Pop-up Businesses

Upstairs Downtown: Growing Up, Not Out

When Bicyclists Come to Town

Grant Program Successes

Revitalization by the Pint

Parking Made Easy

Disaster Preparedness on Main Street 

About the Conference

Business in downtown Astoria (flickr credit: Ernie Taylor)Get ready to be inspired! Make new connections and get new tools to keep your downtown vibrant and competitive in today’s market. The 2013 Oregon Main Street Annual Conference will offer proven ideas and strategies for preservation-based revitalization that is relevant to rural, mid-sized, and urban communities. This conference is a great way to look at the “big picture” of downtown revitalization by discovering fresh ideas and learning numerous ways to turn your historic downtown or neighborhood commercial district into a bustling center of activity. Sessions cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience. The format includes walking tours, lectures, and networking time.  Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind conference!

2013 Preliminary Conference Program

2013 Conference Sessions Descriptions

Opening Session Supported by a donation from the Oregon Downtown Development Association

Our keynote speaker this year is Fred Kent. Fred is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, he is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. Traveling over 150,000 miles each year, Fred offers technical assistance to communities and has given talks across the U.S. as well as internationally. Each year, he and the PPS staff train 10,000 people in Placemaking techniques. 

Benefit Luncheon: "Power of Main Street" Sponsored by Pacific Power and Restore Oregon

Join Main Street supporters from across Oregon for an informative panel discussion about broad initiatives that are impacting Oregon's downtowns. The luncheon is hosted by Pacific Power, but pre-registration is required. Donations are accepted to benefit Restore Oregon.

Back By Popular Demand

Based on the positive feedback last year, we are once again offering pre-conference workshops! This year we will offer our "Main Street Boot Camp" - a great introduction to downtown revitalization. We are also offering a session, "For Board Members Only," to help board members of downtown programs across Oregon to identify and discuss pressing issues for local programs and boards.

Who Should Attend

Staff and volunteers of organizations focusing on downtown historic preservation and economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, chamber of commerce professionals and volunteers, and others with an interest in the future of downtown will benefit from attending this conference.

Post-Conference Workshop

Leaded Glass Window Repair Workshop
October 5-6

The Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation program is offering a two-day workshop that is available to Main Street Conference participants. College credit is available and it may apply toward continuing education credit.

Students will learn the causes of deterioration and failure of leaded glass windows and gain hands‐on experience in repair and restoration techniques required to re‐establish the soundness and integrity of windows. Topics covered include: Properties and types of colored glass, Glass cutting, Laying out and transferring patterns, Soldering techniques, Assessing condition of damaged leaded glass windows, Planning appropriate corrective procedures, Techniques for removing and handling panels, Resoldering cames, Waterproofing/cementing repaired leaded glass windows.

Instructor: Jim Hannen, Hannen Stained Glass
Dates: October 5‐6, 2013
Times: 9:00am–4:00pm
Location: Clatsop Community College Art Building
Register for BLD 236 online at www.clatsopcc.edu or call 503.338.7670
For more information contact Lucien Swerdloff at 503.338.2301 or lswerdloff@clatsopcc.edu



There are several Hotel and Bed & Breakfast options in Astoria. Preferred rates are offered by the following Hotels - you must request rooms reserved for "Oregon Main Street."

Downtown Hotels:

Hotel Elliott
$107.10/night plus tax
Across the street from the Liberty Theater

Commodore Hotel
258 14th Street
$65/night for "cabin" (shared bath); $129/night for "suite"
On the Trolley Line

On the Trolley Line
Astoria Holiday Inn Express
Limited number of rooms available at $96. Additional room block reserved at $149.

Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa
$96/night plus tax (double queen rooms or deluxe King)
*also have 2 pet friendly double queen rooms

Riverwalk Inn
$89.95/night (queen room)
Information on additional lodging options can be found at: www.oldoregon.com



Thank you to this year's conference Co-sponsor:

Restore Oregon



Thank you to this year's conference Partners:
Astoria Downtown Historic District Association
City of Astoria
Pacific Power