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

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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


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?

Peg Ellsworth, Executive Director, The MARK Project &
Helen Budrock, Assistant Director and Community Planner, Sullivan Renaissance

Innovation in Livingston County

Learn about the County's innovative efforts and the impact of its commitment to Main Street revitalization on the County and Regional economy. The speakers have valuable experience and examples to share with other communities in New York State.


Louise Wadsworth, Downtown Coordinator, Downtown Partnership of Livingston County
Maureen Wheeler, Deputy Director, Livingston County Development

Main Street Funding Sources & Strategies

National Grid

Historic Tax Credits

Community Investment Fund (CIF)

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


Katie Newcombe, Senior Economic Developer, National Grid
Daniel McEneny, Public Outreach, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Lenny Skrill, Assistant Commissioner, NYS Homes & Community Renewal

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

Learn about what data and analysis mean for local economic development and how it can be used for effective decision making. The session will provide an overview of market analysis with an emphasis on an approach that includes both quantitative and qualitative data. Ms. Ortiz will provide case studies and examples to illustrate how attendees might use similar assessments locally. 


Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz Associates


Designing your Main Street Renovation

Dadras Architects will guide participants through development of a façade or building renovation project. The session will provide guidance on when, why and how to work with an architect. The session will provide some insight on the long term economic value of good design and historic preservation.

Robert Dadras & Victor Dadras, Dadras Architects

New York Main Street Program Technical Session

This session will include a brief presentation on the New York Main Street program followed by open Q&A with New York Main Street program staff Crystal Loffler and Patricia O’Reilly.