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2015 Main Street Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Oregon Main Street Conference, October 7-9, 2015, in downtown The Dalles. Please register at http://www.omsconference.eventbrite.com  to reserve your space! Remember, attendance is free for communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network.

2015 Oregon Main Street Conference Program


Our Host Community 

The Dalles is one of Oregon's most historic cities and was known earlier in its history as the town at the end of the Oregon Trail.  Downtown is a designated National Historic District and features many fantastic architectural treasures. Now undergoing a revival, downtown The Dalles is home to many unique stores and dining experiences. The Dalles Main Street has lined-up historic venues for breakout sessions, cast a colorful bunch of local characters to lead walking/driving tours, inspired the business community to roll out the red carpet, and much, much more!

Conference Presentations

Main Street Boot Camp

Historic Theater Workshop - Travel Oregon

Historic Theater Workshop - Moretti & Kramer

Historic Theater Workshop - USDA

Historic Theater Workshop - Parker

Keynote - Rypkema

Creating Your DT Marketing Strategy - Trevarrow

Through the Eyes of an Entrepranuer - Held

Developer for a Day! - Reeves

Words that Wow - Schwartz

Words that Wow - handout

Street Fairs 1

Street Fairs 2

Street Fairs 3

Street Fairs 4

Building Talk with Mick and Nick

Inspiring Action through Stories - Schwartz

Inspiring Action Handouts

Enlivening Main Street through the Arts - Beaverton

Enlivening Main Street through the Arts - Port Orford

Enlivening Main Street through the Arts - Wagner

From Zero to Hero - Trevarrow

3 Easy Steps to Better Meetings - Monroe

Refresh and Repeat - Cahan

Top 10 Things You Can Do To Help Local Businesses - McKenzie

Boost Program Impact with a Matrix Map

 About the Conference

Get ready to be inspired! Make new connections and get new tools to keep your downtown vibrant and competitive in today’s market. The 2015 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 bus and walking tours, lectures, and networking time. Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind conference!

 Fun Events

Opening Plenary: Old St. Peter’s Landmark provides a perfect backdrop for the Opening Plenary of the 2015 Oregon Main Street Conference. Built in 1897, and saved from demolition in 1971 this Gothic brick Landmark is owned by a non-profit. The opening includes a warm welcome by the host community, presentation of the coveted Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards, and an inspiring and provocative keynote address by nationally known revitalization consultant Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington D.C.- based real estate and economic development consulting firm. “Main Street Right from the Start” is the title of his remarks, and no one knows Main Street communities better than Don.  He has worked with the National Main Street Center since it was first established in 1980. His presentation will focus on the immeasurable impact that Main Street has had on downtown revitalization approaches and the importance of historic preservation in economic development strategies.

Opening Reception: Join your counterparts from around the state for an early evening social gathering sponsored by the The Dalles Main Street and The Dalles Art Center at the historic Carnegie Library immediately following the Opening Plenary, October 7, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Social Mixer: Enjoy checking in with old friends and meeting new ones at the fantastic Sunshine Mills hosted by The Dalles Main Street and sponsored by Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Sunshine Mills, & Copa di Vino, Thursday, October 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Walking Tours: Explore The Dalle’s downtown business district for ideas to bring home and implement in your own community. Participants will have an opportunity to take various walking tours offered during the conference. On-site registration for tours available at check-in.


Attire: Please dress comfortably. Casual or casual business attire is recommended for the entire conference.
Special Needs: Conference sites are fully accessible. Sign language interpreters and materials in alternate format are available. Please call Oregon Main Street at 503.986.0679 at least two weeks in advance to request special accommodations.
Lodging: There are many lodging options in the area. Special arrangements have been made with the following hotels – let them know you are with the Oregon Main Street Conference:
The Dalles Inn – 1.888.935.2378
112 W 2nd St *$85 qn/$89 double qn “main street”
Cousins Country Inn – 541.298.5161
2114 W 6th St *$89 plus tax
Fairfield Inn & Suites – 541.769.0753
2014 W 7th St *$112 plus tax/king or double qn
To make a reservation online go to www.fairfieldthedalles.com, enter dates of 10/7 & 10/8, choose special rates drop down, and enter one of the following codes:
omsomsa= queen/queen or omsomsb= king
Questions: please contact sheri.stuart@oregon.gov