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Murray to host Kentucky Main Street Program Downtown Economic Revitalization Conference Wednesday through Friday

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 19, 2011  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Successful economic incentives being utilized by Kentucky Main Street communities will be highlighted during the Kentucky Main Street Program Downtown Economic Revitalization Conference Wednesday through Friday, July 20-22 hosted by Murray Main Street.  Representatives of Main Street communities throughout the state will take part in the three-day meeting based at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center, 201 S. 4th Street.

Administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) is the oldest statewide main street program in the nation, founded in 1979.  It is based on a four-point approach developed by the National Trust Main Street Center – including design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring, which is the focus of this annual summer training session.

The keynote presenter is Kathy LaPlante, senior program officer for the National Trust Main Street Center, with The New 2011 Approach to Main Street Economic Restructuring, presented in May during the National Main Streets Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.  She will also lead a session on What Managers Need to Know about Retail and Retailers.

The conference will kick-off Wednesday with Main Street 101 for new managers led by Julie Wagner, long-time executive director of the Heart of Danville Main Street program and a certified Kentucky Main Street Manager.  Session topics will also include “speed networking” and idea exchange, The ABC’s of Alcohol Beverage Control, national conference update, Murray’s successful “Shop Local” campaign, and best practices in creating a work plan, volunteer recruitment and retention.  Wednesday evening Murray Main Street will present an opening reception, and Thursday evening the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau will host Bob, Bob, Bourbon and a Big Band.

KYMS currently has 72 participating communities, which requires local commitment and financial support.  Main Street managers administer the program locally through a volunteer board, while the Heritage Council provides technical and design assistance, program resources and national consultants.  This year, a comprehensive recertification review was undertaken for local programs, which has taken KYMS staff several months to review.  Friday morning, program staff will announce 2011 certification results.

The Murray Main Street Program became a Kentucky Main Street community in 1998 and has been a certified city on the state and national level since that time.  According to Deana Wright, director of Murray Main Street and a certified Kentucky Main Street Manager, “I am pleased the Kentucky Main Street Program chose Murray to host this conference.  I believe we have a one-of-a-kind downtown, and I know the entire community is excited to show off our hometown.  We are thrilled that we will have so many from around the state here to learn about our historic community.”

Registration is open to Main Street managers, board members and elected officials from all Kentucky Main Street communities.  For information, contact Murray Main Street at 270-759-9474 or

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.



Last Updated 7/20/2011