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Main Street Boot Camp Workshop - Utica, New York, April 19, 2017

HCR's Office of Community Renewal to host Main Street Boot Camp Workshop

This “Boot Camp” Workshop is an opportunity for community leaders and community development organizations to learn about Main Street revitalization concepts and tools. The workshop sessions will cover topics including project funding sources, façade design, commercial district needs assessment and regional coordination. The sessions will feature project examples and best practices for commercial district revitalization activities from around New York State.

April 19, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Radisson Hotel – Utica Centre
200 Genesee Street
Utica, New York

RSVP required as space is limited. Call Rachel at 518-473-3895 to register to attend.


Tentative Agenda for Main Street Boot Camp

Welcome to Utica!

Main Street Boot Camp Intro: Revitalizing our Main Streets - Where do we start?

A straightforward primer on what it really takes to begin and sustain local Main Street revitalization efforts. The session will stress the steps and level of commitment required to get a community ready to implement projects and pursue funding sources. Specifically: Has your community evaluated and prioritized its needs? Are resources committed locally? Who is taking the lead?
Speaker: Peg Ellsworth, Executive Director of The MARK Project

Main Street Funding Sources & Strategies

Representatives from state and private funding sources will pitch funding sources to participants and provide project examples to demonstrate the project development process.

Innovation in Livingston County

Participants will learn about the County's innovative efforts and the impact of its commitment to Main Street revitalization on the County and Regional economy. Join us to hear what's brewing in Livingston County from the experts.
Speakers: Louise Wadsworth, Downtown Coordinator, Downtown Partnership of Livingston County and Maureen Wheeler, Deputy Director, Livingston County Development

Commercial District Needs Assessment: 
Why you need it and how to use it.

This workshop session will provide an overview of the market analysis process with an emphasis on an approach that includes both quantitative and qualitative data. The session will provide participants with an understanding of what data and analysis can mean for local economic development and how these tools can be used for effective decision making. 
Speaker: Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz Associates

Designing your Main Street Renovation

This workshop session will teach participants how to develop a façade or building renovation project. The session will provide guidance on how to work with an architect, and provide some insight on the long term value of good design and historic preservation.
Speakers: Robert & Victor Dadras, Dadras Architects