Concurrent Session: Making Main Street Work: Case Studies in Downtown Redevelopment

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

Across the country, small towns are rediscovering and reclaiming their main streets and downtowns by pursuing innovative community and economic development projects.  Once-abandoned sidewalks, storefronts, and plazas are now bustling with activity as residents find their way back downtown, again making these spaces the social, civic, and economic centers of their communities.  At the session at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference, participants heard how regional development organizations are supporting efforts to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents and businesses.


  • Greg Boike, Senior Government Services Specialist, Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Macon, GA
  • Amy Frogue, Associate Director, Pennyrile Area Development District, Hopkinsville, KY
  • Scott Marshall, Mayor, City of Guthrie, KY
  • Andrew Pompei, Regional Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Houston, TX


  • Tom Bliss, Executive Director, Mo-Kan Regional Council, St. Joseph, MO

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