2022 NC Main Street Conference
"Healthy Communities Begin on Main Street"
March 8-10, 2022  |  Statesville, NC

Join us as a Sponsor and/or Tradeshow Exhibitor
Signup by 10/15/21  |   
Pay by 1/05/22
 

Conference Facts:

  • The NC Main Street Conference is the largest statewide conference in the United States.

  • Our primary audience is downtown professionals, municipal elected officials, and their staff, property and business owners, downtown revitalization volunteers and other professionals interested in downtown development. 

  • The conference is our major educational event and is the only downtown revitalization conference held in our state. It attracts approximately 700 attendees annually. 

  • Typically, more than 140 communities from across the state and of all sizes are represented. Often, we have registrants from neighboring states.

  • Many of our attendees are on restricted budgets and this is the one event that they plan on attending because of its educational and networking value. Our partners help us to produce a high-quality event at a reasonable cost for our attendees. 

 

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"Healthy Communities Begin on Main Street"

 

The effects of COVID-19 over the last two years have left rural communities and Main Street programs feeling like they were on a rough roller coaster ride. Yet, despite the hardships that community leaders, local governments, business and property owners, and citizens have endured, an underlying motivation to make North Carolina towns and cities healthier and more resilient has been rekindled from the embers of the global pandemic.   

 

Healthy Communities Begin on Main Street is an exploration of the many ways that Main Street programs, in collaboration with their stakeholders and partners, are incorporating healthy lifestyle best practices into their downtown economic development strategies and implementation plans. Between food, infrastructure, housing, education, job creation, equity and inclusion, and quality of life initiatives, Main Street programs are working with the public and private sectors to make significant improvements in their downtown districts.   

 

The 2022 North Carolina Main Street Conference will explore communities that are offering healthy living opportunities for residents, while also positioning themselves for increased investment and job creation. Urban agriculture initiatives and the mitigation of food deserts are improving access to healthy food options. Inclusive playground building, public space enhancements, and the intersection of trail development and downtown are increasing opportunities for daily physical activity. From tiny house developments to mill redevelopment and upper story lofts, workforce housing is being addressed with creativity and investment. Downtown educational facilities are reconnecting youth with the hearts of communities. Small businesses are still the number one job creation sector and communities that are embracing small business support as an economic development strategy are seeing significant job growth and retention. The 2020 census demonstrated the diversification of our state’s population that is spurring downtown programming to be more equitable and inclusive. And the resurgence of quality of life initiatives are drawing people together in downtown in new, innovative, ways. North Carolina Main Street communities, have seen more than $4 billion in investment since the inception of the program in 1980, and more than $453 million in investment in fiscal year 2020-2021. Healthy community initiatives are leveraging many of these investments, rebuilding downtowns to serve as neighborhoods for everyone, and bringing communities together to address common goals.   

The North Carolina Main Street Conference is the largest statewide downtown revitalization conference in the country. The 2022 event will be the state’s first in-person Main Street conference since March 2020. Attendees include downtown economic development professionals, elected officials and local government staff, rural leaders, volunteers, business and property owners, consultants, vendors, and sponsors that are all interested in trends, initiatives, and success stories they can use to leverage downtown and community revitalization in their own communities.  

This milestone event will be held in downtown Statesville, North Carolina as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary as a Main Street Community. Expect to be wowed when you arrive in March. You will see beautiful historic architecture, an incredible streetscape, and a restored City Hall, while feeling Statesville’s distinctive vibe. Built over two centuries ago on the business of whiskey and medicinal roots and herbs, downtown is the center of community life for Statesville and Iredell County, and exemplifies the characteristics of a livable and walkable neighborhood. Since becoming a Main Street community in 1982, Statesville has achieved more than $122 million in public and private investment. With a flurry of activity every day, from school uniforms to business suits, to live music and night life, downtown is a hub of diverse cultural amenities, entertainment, governmental and educational experiences. The community is dedicated to creating a strong culture of fun and charm; guaranteed to be experienced outdoors on its sidewalks and in our welcoming seating areas, through its public art, inside its restaurants and breweries, and within its unique shops and boutiques. Statesville leaders are proud of their city’s history and the investment they are making in its future as an entertainment and destination hub. They look forward to sharing their story with you!

 

Inspiring keynote addresses and breakout sessions with experienced presenters will provide you with renewed energy to go home and tackle any challenges that come your way. The North Carolina Main Street Conference offers the most innovative approaches to downtown revitalization and redevelopment available in the state and, perhaps, in the southeast.  

We will see you in Statesville in March!  

Liz Parham

Director

NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities:

Heritage Sponsor with OPTIONAL Tradeshow Booth ($5,000)

  • An opportunity to participate in the Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Wednesday

  • Inclusion in the conference tradeshow guide should you choose to exhibit at the conference (company name, logo and brief description of your products or services)

  • Logo recognition in the awards and champions programs

  • Logo listing as a conference sponsor on the North Carolina Main Street Conference website with maximum exposure, for one full year!

  • Conference attendee list, provided pre/post-conference for future marketing outreach

  • An opportunity to include marketing materials in conference bags

  • 8 complimentary conference registrations

  • 4 complimentary awards reception/ceremony tickets

Legacy Sponsor with OPTIONAL - Tradeshow Booth ($2,500)

  • An opportunity to participate in the Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Wednesday

  • Inclusion in the conference tradeshow guide should you choose to exhibit at the conference. (company name, logo and brief description of your products or services)

  • Logo recognition in the awards and champions programs

  • Logo listing as a conference sponsor on the North Carolina Main Street Conference website with maximum exposure, for one full year!

  • Conference attendee list, provided pre/post-conference for future marketing outreach

  • An opportunity to include marketing materials in conference bags

  • 4 complimentary conference registrations

  • 2 complimentary awards reception/ceremony tickets

Tradition Sponsor with OPTIONAL - Tradeshow Booth ($1,000)

  • An opportunity to participate in the Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Wednesday

  • Inclusion in the conference tradeshow guide should you choose to exhibit at the conference. (company name, logo and brief description of your products or services)

  • Logo recognition in the awards and champions programs

  • Logo listing as a conference sponsor on the North Carolina Main Street Conference website with maximum exposure, for one full year!

  • Conference attendee list, provided pre/post-conference for future marketing outreach

  • An opportunity to include marketing materials in conference bags

  • 2 complimentary conference registrations

  • 1 complimentary awards reception/ceremony tickets

 

Preservation Sponsor ($500)

  • Name recognition in the awards and champions programs

  • Name listing as a conference sponsor on the North Carolina Main Street Conference website with maximum exposure, for one full year!

  • Conference attendee list, provided pre/post-conference for future marketing outreach

  • An opportunity to include marketing materials in conference bags

  • 1 complimentary conference registration

  • 1 complimentary awards reception/ceremony ticket

Exhibitor Only ($500)

  • Participate in the Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Wednesday

  • Inclusion in the conference tradeshow guide (company name, logo and brief description of your products or services)​​​

  • Conference attendee list, provided pre/post-conference for future marketing outreach

  • An opportunity to include marketing materials in conference bags

  • 2 complimentary conference registrations

 

Billing:

 

  • Please submit your information below prior to October 15, 2021

  • We will send you an invoice once we receive your submission

  • Forward the invoice to your appropriate billing department

  • Payments are due by January 5, 2022

  • We prefer credit card payment, however we understand sometimes a check needs to be submitted if so: Make payable to NC Main Street Partners, PO Box 18168, Raleigh, NC 27619.

 


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