Creating Economic Vitality
2016 Statewide Community Revitalization Conference
hosted by Pennsylvania Downtown Center
June 12-15, 2016
Renaissance Hotel, Allentown PA
The world of community revitalization is changing at both the state and national levels. In November of 2015, the National Main Street Center launched its new “Four Point Refresh” that promises to change the way community revitalization organizations operate. Central to this change is a switch from the old concept of economic restructuring to a new concept of economic vitality, powered by transformative community strategies. These new strategies, founded on local economic assets and an understanding of local market dynamics, are designed to generate substantive community change and to move measurable indicators of community well-being. The implications for both business district and neighborhood revitalization efforts in the Commonwealth are both exciting and challenging.
Join other community and economic development practitioners and volunteers in Allentown as we explore the issues related to creating more entrepreneurial and equitable communities.
Opening Speaker Patrice Frey
Patrice Frey is President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, where she oversees the Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,100 communities. Before joining the National Main Street Center in May 2013, Patrice serviced as the Director of Sustainability at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she oversaw the National Trust’s efforts to promote the reuse and greening of older and historic buildings, including research and policy development work through the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab.
Closing Keynote Speaker Judy Wicks
Judy is an author, speaker and internationally recognized leader in the local economy movement and co-founder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Judy is founder in 1983 of Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe, a pioneer in the local food movement, and founded Fair Food Philly and Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. She is author of “Good Morning, Beautiful Business,” winner of a gold medal national book award in “business leadership.” More information is available at www.judywicks.com.
Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors