NACOGDOCHES-Main Street managers, volunteers and advisory board members from across the great state of Texas will transcend on downtown Nacogdoches to participate in the Texas Main Street 2015 Professional Development conference Feb. 10-13. Currently there are 92 registered attendees. During this four-day experience, both new managers and seasoned veterans are invited to review the National Trust Main Street Center four-point approach which includes organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion. However, the program also goes beyond the basics to instruct Main Street managers on improving their communities and business practices. The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) operates through the Texas Historical Commission, which strives to showcase real places with real stories in an effort to preserve Texas history and stimulate the state economy. The TMSP has chosen “DIY - Do It Yourself Main Street” as the theme for the 2015 event. The Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Nacogdoches Main Street program submitted a bid to host the conference in 2014.
Sessions will take place at the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Mast Hall. Debra Drescher, state coordinator of the TMSP, will welcome guests along with Mayor Roger Van Horn and Nacogdoches Main Street director Sarah O’Brien. Sessions over each of the four points will be held over the week, as well as sessions like “How to Address Downtown Vacancies,” and “DIY Design - How to Design on a Dime.” The DIY promotion session provides insight on how to generate buzz through social media before, during and after a Main Street event. Participants can also observe real-life examples of downtown revitalization during a walking tour of recently repurposed buildings in the DIY Design and Economic Restructuring session. Guests are also invited to attend a panel that includes a representative of National Signs Plaza and will discuss the recent Nacogdoches Wayfinding project. A round table discussion session will be held on the final day of the conference, featuring four areas of discussion: franchises in downtown, addressing vacancies, open discussion and swirls and alcohol related events. This gives participants an opportunity to discuss issues programs may be struggling with, and learn from one another’s success stories.
The sessions will close each day at 5 p.m., allowing visitors an opportunity to discover the Oldest Town in Texas on their own. Guests are invited to a ticketed dinner at The Liberty Bell, 422 E. Main, Wednesday evening, where the National Recognition to Main Street communities will be presented. The Liberty Bell, a wine bar, provides a relaxing atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Thursday evening guests are welcome to tour three second-story residential lofts downtown that are not ordinarily open to the public.
Special thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event happen: Nacogdoches Convention & Vistor’s Bureau, SFA Online, Meadowview Place, Westward Trails, East Texas American Planning Association and the Main Street Advisory Board. You can follow all the fun on social media by using #TXMSNac2015.
Learn more about Nacogdoches Main Street at www.downtownnacogdoches.com.
For more information on the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Main Street Program, visit http://www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-main-street.
For a detailed copy of the agenda please contact Main Street Director Sarah O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-559-2573.