Registration Open for the State Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference

The Department of Housing and Community Development Preservation Trust of Vermont present  the:

 2013 Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference

Friday, June 7th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Barre Opera House in Downtown Barre, Vermont

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 22, 2013

Conference Check in & on-site registration from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Barre Opera House Lobby 

Rock of Ages Tour – Bus will load at 9:00 a.m. in the back parking lot behind the Barre Opera House
Everyone wants to see the quarry! Rock of Ages Smith Quarry is nearly 600 feet deep! Watch the quarriers as they cut enormous blocks of granite and the derricks (cranes) lifting up to 250 tons!  Bus will take 45 registrants – sign up at conference registration.
Education Workshops

 9:00-10:15 AM

  • Brownfield Area-wide Planning Supports Community Revitalization
  • Downtown Master Plan
  • Design Downtown for Women – Men Will Follow

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Conference Welcome & Keynote Address
Vermont Downtown & Village Awards Presented!

Keynote Speaker – David Feehan
President, Civitas Consultants LLC; former CEO & President of the International Downtown Association

The Vermont Downtown Program is celebrating 15 years of success in downtowns throughout the state. So after this milestone, what’s next for the future?

Over the last decades, downtowns have seen an unparalleled resurgence. Millennials and empty nesters alike are moving in, restaurants and clubs are booming, and nationwide cities are even resurrecting street cars. And yet, there are troubling signs which, unheeded, could send many downtowns in a downward spiral. Dave Feehan explores the lessons learned as downtowns return to become the center of community life — and the challenges that may be just around the corner.

David Feehan is a world-recognized expert in downtown revitalization. For more than 40 years he has provided leadership and management expertise to successful downtown and business district organizations: He founded and directed a technical assistance center for community development organizations and a public policy organization, authored numerous books and articles, and has taught at two universities.

Lunch – 12:30 – 1:45 – Lunch around Downtown Barre

1:45 – 3:00 PM   First Afternoon Session

  • More than Just Buildings: Digging Deeper As You Survey
  • Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Flood – Achieving Flood Resilient Downtowns & Villages
  • Fundraising – Shaking the Money Tree – Part 1 (Double Session)
  • Downtown Vermont: Why Main Street Still Matters

3:15 – 4:30 PM   2nd Afternoon Session

  • Lightning Talks
    Social Media, Downtown Program Changes, Historic Tax Credits, the Care and Feeding of Media Relations…
  • Elm Street – The Five Points to Create Successful Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Fundraising – Shaking the Money Tree – Part ll 
  • Walking Tour of Downtown Barre – The Success Behind “We Dig Barre”

4:30-6:00 PM – Reception at Vermont History Museum
Please join us for a very special closing reception and a chance to thank the Barre Partnership, the Vermont History Museum and Barre residents for welcoming us to their community.