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Oklahoma City Selected to Host 2010 National Main Street Conference  

Successful Program of National Trust for Historic Preservation Combines Economic Development and Historic Preservation

Washington, DC (October 1, 2008) – The National Trust Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that combines historic preservation and economic development, announced today that it selected Oklahoma City to host the 2010 National Main Streets Conference, May 2-5, 2010. 

Since its founding in 1977, the National Trust Main Street Center has helped communities throughout the nation use historic preservation-based economic development to revive their commercial districts, strengthen local economies and increase civic engagement. In cities, counties and states, it has created a nationwide network with more than 1,200 active Main Street communities. The National Main Streets Conference provides a forum to share knowledge, best practices and innovative ideas with professionals and volunteers from small and rural towns, suburban communities, and large and midsized cities, from across the nation.

“As a host city, Oklahoma City ably demonstrates the power of historic preservation as both a tool for economic development and a catalyst for improving the quality of life for residents and visitors,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Oklahoma has a long history as a distinguished Main Street program – one that has many success stories from communities throughout the state,” said Doug Loescher, executive director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “We are pleased to bring the accomplishments of the state into the national spotlight, and believe this is an opportunity to build partnerships that will benefit Oklahoma and communities nationwide.”

The conference features tours that showcase on-site case studies throughout the host city and in nearby Main Street districts. Oklahoma currently has 43 Main Street communities, including five urban business districts, four of which are in Oklahoma City. They include: Capitol Hill, Eastside Capitol Gateway, Plaza District and Stockyards City. 

The four-day National Main Streets Conference is the only commercial district revitalization educational and networking event that blends economic development, community revitalization, and historic preservation. The conference supports the ever-growing Main Street Network of Main Street board members, volunteers, and executive directors as well as planners, architects, public officials, BID/MID staff, and others working in the revitalization field.

“The Oklahoma City area provides excellent examples of Main Street Center-driven programs.  Oklahoma City looks forward to welcoming nearly 2,000 people from around the country to see our successes,” said Linda Barnett, director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “Many share credit for helping bring the conference to Oklahoma City, including the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Cliff Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Sonic Corp., and Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees.”

The conference offers educational sessions and tours on the Main Street Four-Point Approach™—a proven strategy for comprehensive commercial district revitalization—as well as related topics including fund raising, organizational development, marketing, business assistance, planning, volunteer recruitment, visioning, advocacy. It also features sessions and tours focused on the still to be announced conference theme.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, 9 regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. For more information visithttp://www.preservationnation.org/.

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