Kentucky Main Street Conference Schedule
Tuesday, April 23

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Schedule Key: SC = Smart Cities D&I = Diversity & Inclusion PS = Practitioner Skills CP = Creative Placemaking RV = Rural Vibrancy ES = Environmental Sustainability


Tues, April 23
8:30 - 9:30AM

Tues, April 23
9:45 - 10:45AM

Opening Plenary
Nick Wade, Renaissance Covington
Mayor Joe Meyer, City of Covington
Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street
Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council
David Morgan, founding director of Kentucky Main Street
Secretary Don Parkinson, Kentucky Cabinet for Tourism, Arts, and Heritage
Irv Henderson, Main Street America Board Member

[SC] Smart City: What the Heck is a Smart City?
Speaker: Jeremy Satterly,
President of the Taylorsville Main Street Board
Location:
Gateway UB 202
Description: Exploring what being a Smart City means in today's world and the long-term impact.

[D&I] Creating Inclusive Communities: Exploring Bias and Employing Debiasing Strategies
Speaker: Bonnie Meyer,
Director of LGBTQ Programs and Services at Northern Kentucky University
Location: Room:
City Hall
Description:
In this workshop, participants will learn about cultural bias, explore debiasing strategies, and leave with a greater understanding of how to participate in supportive conversations around bias in their communities.

[PS] Grassroots Community and Economic Development
Speaker: Josh Tunning
, Executive Director of ReNewport
Location:
Trinity Episcopal Church, Community Room
Description: A review of the history of the creation of the Newport Vision 2025 Quality of Life Plan.

[CP] CoSign: Creating Destinations with Better Signage
Speakers: Cate Becker
, Owner BLDG & Tod Swormstedt, Owner, American Sign Museum
Location:
BLDG
Description: The discussion will focus on CoSign, a creative placemaking program that teaches communities how to create better retail signage for small businesses.

[PS] Our Goat Ran Away and We Got on CNN!
Panel Discussion: Tom West, Dan Hassert, and Carolann Baughman
, City of Covington
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, Choir Room
Description: How to use Social Media and Traditional Media to share city and local news effectively.


Tues, April 23
11:00 - 12:00PM

[SC] Louisville and the West Side
Speakers:
Gill Holland, past president of the NuLu Business Association & Evon Smith, President and CEO of OneWest
Location:
Gateway TIE Building, Rm UB 202
Description: How the work of organizations like the Portland Investment Initiative and OneWest are working to create new opportunity and development in Louisville's West End.

[RV] Diversifying Rural Economies
Speakers: Darrin Wilson,
Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NKU and previously the Special Assistant to the Kentucky State Treasurer.
Location: City Hall
Description:
This is a look at diversification efforts in rural communities, and a critical analysis of trends in economic/community development. This is based on previous research conducted and case studies examined.

[CP] The Old and the Beautiful: Combining Art and History in Creative Place-Making
Speaker: Kate Snyder,
Chair of the Design Committee for the Heart of Danville
Location:
Trinity Episcopal Church, Community Room
Description:
In this session, Kate Snyder will bring her experiences with the Community Arts Center and the Heart of Danville to discuss the opportunity for synergy between art and history.

[CP] Town Branch Commons: Reactivating the Lifeline of Downtown Lexington
Speaker: Brandi Peacher
, City of Lexington, Director of Project Management
Location:
BLDG
Description:
Town Branch Commons is a transformative public-private park and trail system that traces the historic Town Branch Creek through downtown Lexington.

[PS] How Financial Literacy is Critical to the Success of Main Street America
Speaker: Angela Ozar
, Financial Author
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, Choir Room
Description:
In this session, Ozar shares her personal experience as it relates to small business, the problem, and what can be done to ensure personal finances are not a barrier to people building businesses.


Tues, April 23
2:00 - 4:00PM

[SC] Intelligent Wi-Fi Analytics for your Main Street Program
Speaker: John Rougeux,
VP Marketing of SkyFii, Katie Meyer, Smart City Policy Adviser at Cincinnati Bell
Location:
Gateway TIE Building, The Design Center
Description:
SkyFii is a powerful software that can be applied to a public Wi-Fi network enabling engagement and analytics to support the vitality of your downtown. This session will provide a demonstration of the vast applications of the SkyFii tool in a downtown setting, how the customer drives the engagement, and an inside look at the analytics platform. Katie Meyer, who spearheaded the Wi-Fi project in downtown Covington, will give a presentation on the findings in downtown Covington, and will lead a discussion on how foot data can inform stronger economic growth in historic downtowns.

[ES] Community Supported Agriculture in the City: A Public-Private Partnership to Establish a New Sustainability-Focused Industry
Speaker: Alexa Abner
, urban farmer and Covington Farmers Market Co-Manager
Location:
City Hall
Description:
Covington CSA Farm was incorporated in 2017 and worked with City of Covington staff to develop a text amendment in the Zoning Code Ordinance permitting “Market Garden” as a conditional use in 2019. This innovation in land use provides new farmers entering the field an alternative and accessible option for land to cultivate while returning otherwise vacant properties to productive use. Owner/Farmer Alexa Abner uses the CSA model of agriculture which establishes a direct-to-consumer relationship between the farmer and the people she grows food for

[CP] Community Engagement through Public Art Administration
Speaker:
ArtWorks Panel
Location:
Trinity Episcopal Church, Community Room
Description:
ArtWorks’ mission is to transform people and places through investments in creativity. This session provides attendees with the ArtWorks approach to community engagement to create successful public art outcomes. By sharing multiple case studies of local projects heavily reliant on community engagement, ArtWorks will discuss our best practices to completing each project including (but not limited to) partnership cultivation, fundraising, community engagement strategies, implementation, and celebration.

[PS ] Real Estate 101 For Main Street Programs
Speaker:
Colleen Fausz, Patrick Hughes, & Ryan Whitaker
Location:
Trinity Episcopal Church, Choir Room
Description:
Kentucky Main Street communities contain unique building assets and challenges. Attend this session to learn how to assess your real estate inventory and capitalize on the various tax incentives and other opportunities available for revitalization and downtown development.

[PS, CP] Unbridled Creative: Kentucky-fied Design for the Collective Good
Speaker: Jay Becker
, President of BLDG
Location:
BLDG
Description:
Design/Branding is a relatively new discipline and BLDG continues to define how design inspires communities and creates human-centered solutions for the collective good. We’ll keep our conversation flowing with a discussion around art, branding and community projects. We’ll also share a variety of approaches including engagement, smart strategy, identity design and action. We’ll wrap our session with nothing less than inspiration for a new creative mindset for future generations.