The Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is co-sponsoring an economic development workshop with the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
“Why Main Streets Matter! Bringing Visitors to Your Small Business,” will take place at the Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th Street in Lockport.
Lauren Adkins, nationally recognized for her work with hundreds of communities, will facilitate the event, discussing myriad aspects of downtown revitalization and economic development.
The day-long workshop will allow municipal leaders, economic development directors, planners, elected officials, chamber of commerce executives and members, as well as small business and property owners, an opportunity to focus on downtown revitalization to bring visitors -- and jobs -- to these important commercial areas.
“Community leaders know where their ‘main street’ is, and why it matters to their community’s economic stability,” said CVB President and CEO Bob Navarro. “Our facilitator will help participants focus on how to rejuvenate those areas, and bring visitors, customers -- and jobs. Lauren Adkins is clearly a heavy-hitter who knows how to revitalize downtowns.”
Adkins has worked with the National Trust Main Street Center and served as neighborhood commercial district program executive director in Arlington, Virginia. She also guest-lectures at numerous prestigious universities and runs a successful consulting business. She holds a BA in Art and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.
As space is limited, advance registration is encouraged. To register, call 815-588-7940 or visit www.HeritageCorridorCVB.com, and click on members and events. For CVB members and National Trust members/partners, the cost of registration is $20 per person, and includes lunch. Non-member registration with lunch is $25. After Jan. 23, all registration costs $35 per person.
The Heritage Corridor CVB generates economic impact among the communities and counties along the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. Information on the CVB is available by calling 800-926-2262 (CANAL), or visiting www.HeritageCorridorCVB.com.
Editor’s note: The information above is from a press release issued by the Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau. For a glimpse into Lemont’s long history with the I & M Canal, revisit this March 6, 2012 Lemont Patch blog by Bob Navarro, president/CEO of Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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