Bellingham to host statewide Main Street conference May 6-8

Downtown Bellingham will host the fifth annual Revitalize WA 2015 Preservation and Main Street Conference May 6-8.

The Washington State Main Street Program and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation put on the yearly city planning and economic development conference. The event brings together national, state and local experts on downtown revitalization, historic preservation, architecture and economic development for a variety of presentations and workshops.

This year’s conference schedule includes educational sessions and events at the Mount Baker Theatre, receptions at Aslan Brewing Co. and the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, downtown tours, and local food, coffee and libations, according to a news release from the city.

Anyone can register. The target audience is Washington State Main Street communities and affiliates as well as archaeology, historic preservation, architecture, and planning professionals. A large portion of attendees will be from nonprofits and public sector agencies, but there is usually a strong representation from private firms, according to the news release.

Della Rucker, author of “The Local Economy Revolution,” and “Why This Matters,” will be the keynote speaker. Her books share observations from community revitalization professionals.

The two-and-a-half day event is supported by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, the City of Bellingahm, and many other local partners.

The conference is held in a different city each year. Previous Revitalize WA conferences were held in Wenatchee, Vancouver, Chelan and Walla Walla.

Find more information about the conference at www.preservewa.org/revitalizawa.aspx. 

See the preliminary agenda for the conference here.

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