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Oregon Main Street Conference

2022 Oregon Main Street Conference

Engage - Inspire - Empower
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October 5-7, Klamath Falls

Through inspired leadership, our main street programs throughout the Oregon are helping to sustain and enhance the vitality of traditional commercial districts. The 2022 Oregon Main Street Conference is a great way to look at the “big picture” of why our main street districts are so incredibly important to the health and well-being of local communities – physically, economically, and socially.

Our conference theme this year is Engage, Inspire, Empower which reflects the goals of our Oregon Main Street communities to engage people from all walks for life, inspire their communities towards revitalization, and empower leaders to make a difference.

Sessions cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience. The format includes keynotes, interactive workshops, and networking time.  Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind conference!

Registration is now open!

​Opening Keynote ​- Mary Means

Mary Means is best known for leading the team that created the National Main Street Center. More than 1,600 towns and historic neighborhood corridors in 40+ states have successfully used the Main Street Approach to bring people back to their historic cores. Mary was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her small but mighty planning firm has helped communities and other public interest organizations with strategic plans that achieve strong public support. Her work has been honored by the American Planning Association with its 2018 Planning Pioneer Award, and by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with the 2020 Crowninshield Award, the highest honor in historic preservation. Learn more at Means' website​ ( ​).

Mary is the author of Main Street's Comeback and How It Can Come Back Again, published in 2020. Of course you can buy it from Amazon, but we recommend your local bookseller, or buy  from  

​Keynote: Andrew Howard

Your town has all the talent and resources to be vibrant, it may just need an invitation for people to get engaged. Andrew will bring examples of how Better Block projects and other quick-build actions have revitalized communities from Sidney Australia to Bethel, Vermont. Be aware this keynote has led to people painting their own bike lanes, setting up pop-up shops and converting parking spaces to parklets. 

Andrew Howard is internationally respected for his people focused design approach and rapid-implementation strategies that are being replicated around the world.

Howard’s overarching goal is to equip new leaders to take action in their communities. His simple three step method of give it a name, set a date and blackmail yourself into action has helped transform neighborhoods from blighted to thriving.  His current clients include:
  • The National Association of Realtors
  • American Association of Real Possibilities 
  • Starwood Retail Partners
  • Crescent Communities and
  • MassDevelopment​
Before becoming a rabble rouser, Howard was a transportation planner at Kimley-Horn and Associates and the Houston-Galveston Area Council. He holds a Bachelor of Geography degree from Texas A&M University and is a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. ​

​Some session highlights:

  1. James Rojas and John Kamp with Place It!  just wrote a book about their inclusive community engagement process,  “Dream Play Build:Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places." They combine art, creative expression, and storytelling to shake up community meetings and get people previously underrepresented or unrepresented in planning processes engaged.
  2. Keynote speaker Andrew Howard with Team Better Block will do a deep dive into his simple three step method of give it a name, set a date and blackmail yourself into action has helped transform neighborhoods from blighted to thriving.
  3. Assistant Attorney General Susan Bower with the Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice will walk us through understanding the roles, responsibilities, and legal duties of a nonprofit board critical to its success in carrying out its important mission. This session will provide an overview of board governance while also honing in on the financial responsibilities of the board. With the influx of COVID-19 recovery funds combined with remote meetings, finances may see hard to keep track of and manage but it is more important than ever to put some systems and processes in place to manage your nonprofit’s finances. Learn about financial controls that small nonprofit organizations can put in place in order to be compliant but also to be more effective.​

See the conference schedule at a glance​!

Registration is now open! 

Register Here​

Lodging information can be found on the registration page. ​​

Interested in becoming a sponsor? We would love to have you!

Check out our sponsorship package​ for more information!

Contact Rachel Thomas at​.​


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Rachel Thomas

Conference Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

Energy Trust of Oregon

Enhanced Visitor Experience

Bronze Sponsors:

Peter Meijer Architects

Local Sponsors:

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