2021 VIRTUAL NC Main Street Conference

Main Street:  Pivoting for Prosperity

March 9-11, 2021

Join Us As A Sponsor and/or Virtual Tradeshow Exhibitor

 

Sponsor Sign Up by January 6

Sponsor Payment Due by February 1

 

Dear Sponsors and Exhibitors,

 

COVID-19 has challenged everyone in many ways. And yet, we have all heard, “That which does not kill you will only make you stronger.” Main Street is a strong organization with strong local programs that have rolled up their sleeves and brought together individuals to strengthen and rebuild businesses and communities over the past 12 months.

 

Main Street: Pivoting for Prosperity recognizes that through the hardships that communities, businesses, property owners, and individuals have to endure as a result of a pandemic, a natural disaster, a market shift, or another crisis, the Main Street program helps build more resilient downtowns that are better equipped to face the next challenge. The Main Street Program and its strategies, principles, and comprehensive Four-Point Approach™ to downtown revitalization, helps communities pivot for prosperity. The Program was developed in the late 1970s as a result of the development of malls and strip centers that attracted anchor businesses to relocate from downtowns. Small towns and cities across the country had to pivot to survive and to thrive. To many, it seemed like a man-made disaster had struck, but downtowns came back stronger than ever and they will do it again.

 

The 2021 North Carolina Main Street Conference will explore a commitment to local. The key to economic development in small cities and towns is local investment, locally owned businesses, and a vast array of local volunteerism and community engagement. What is the future of North Carolina downtowns, of marketing, of events, of building community? The annual NC Main Street Conference will provide you with the answers to these questions and more! This conference, the largest statewide downtown revitalization conference in the country, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It brings together individuals and organizations interested in economic growth and success for downtowns. Conference attendees include downtown economic development professionals, elected officials and local government staff, rural leadership, volunteers, business and property owners, consultants, vendors, and sponsors that are all involved in the betterment of downtown districts and their communities.

 

This milestone event will be held virtually in 2021 due to the pandemic. Our commitment to safety will not diminish the high-quality learning experience that you will receive at this year’s conference. Expect a mix of inspiring keynotes, engaging plenary and break-out sessions, and a downtown toolkit of pre-recorded sessions with experienced presenters that you can listen to repeatedly and at your convenience. This year’s conference will provide you with the tools, data, and knowledge to take on any challenge that comes 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 on the computer in March!

Virtual Conference Facts:

  • 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. 

  • In 2021 we have reduced the cost of the conference.  We will encourage MORE people to attend, because now more than ever before … our communities need A LOT of people willing to roll up their sleeves and help sustain their downtown.

Sponsorship and Virtual Tradeshow Questions:

Feel free to contact Naomi Riley

Working Remotely

Cell:      984 222 5292

Email:  naomi.riley@nccommerce.com

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities:

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

  • An opportunity to participate in the Virtual Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Thursday afternoon. (Yes, we added a day this year for you!)

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

  • Recognition during the awards and champions programs

  • 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

  • 8 complimentary conference registrations

  • Please review all that you will have access to you in the GTR Virtual Event Exhibitors Guide!

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

  • An opportunity to participate in the Virtual Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Thursday afternoon. (Yes, we added a day this year for you!)

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

  • Recognition during the awards and champions programs

  • 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

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

  • An opportunity to participate in the Virtual Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Thursday afternoon. (Yes, we added a day this year for you!)

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

  • Recognition during the awards and champions programs

  • Listing as a conference sponsor on the North Carolina Main Street Conference website for one full year!

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

 

Preservation Sponsor with OPTIONAL - Virtual Tradeshow Booth ($500)

  • An opportunity to participate in the Virtual Tradeshow at the conference from Tuesday - Thursday afternoon. (Yes, we added a day this year for you!)

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

  • Recognition during the awards and champions programs

  • Listing as a conference sponsor on the North Carolina Main Street Conference website for one full year!

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

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  • Once submission is received an invoice will be sent to the email you have listed above.

  • Please forward the invoice to your appropriate billing department.

  • 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.

  • PAYMENT DUE BY FEBRUARY 1st

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The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. The Center works in regions, counties, cities, towns, downtown districts, and in designated North Carolina Main Street communities, to inspire place-making through building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results such as investment, business growth, and jobs. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development
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