Kentucky Main Street Conference Schedule
Wednesday, April 24


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

Keynote Speaker Rebekah Gensler, Renaissance Covington Board President Chuck Marohn, President of Strong Towns

Wed, April 24
8:30 - 9:30AM

Wed, April 24
9:45 - 10:45AM

[SC] Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide in your Community
Speaker: Dan Mazza,
Cincinnati Bell, John Putnam, Cincinnati Bell Sarah Trimble-Oliver, Cincinnati Public Schools & Naashom Marx, Kenton County Public Library
Gateway TIE Building, Rm UB 217
Description: The Digital Divide is influencing rural and urban communities throughout our region. Access to high speed internet is vital for education, learning, resources, and workforce development in our increasingly web-based economy. Community partners, including downtown organizations, are working together on strategies to fill the digital divide with innovative approaches to providing internet access to our most vulnerable citizens.

[D&I] LGBTQ 101: Policy, Practices, and Allyship
Speaker: Bonnie Meyer,
Director of LGBTQ Programs and Services at Northern Kentucky University.
Location: Room:
City Hall
What does it mean to be part of the LGBTQ community and how can cities better support this population? Through this engaging workshop, participants will learn basic terminology and definitions relative to the LGBTQA community and will better understand some of the challenges LGBTQA people face in their communities. Workshop participants will learn how to identify and access online resources that are helpful in creating more inclusive cities and will better understand policies and practices they can use to support their LGBTQA community members.   

[ES] Talk Dirty to Me: Clean Up Your Public Events the Zero Waste Way
Speaker: Enrica Jackson
, Zero Waste Way intern
Trinity Episcopal Church, Community Room
Description: Learn about the need for responsible waste management at public events and how you can implement recycling and composting at events in order to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill.

[CP] Historic Buildings & Creative Placemaking: A Survey of Three Local (Covington) Examples
Speakers: Sarah Allen & Adam Rockel
, Center for Great Neighborhoods
Description: This session will look at three local examples of creative placemaking that utilized historic structures as an integral piece of the project: Shotgun Row, Creative Facades and the Hellmann Creative Center. The presenter will do a deep dive on each project, touching on how arts and culture, equity, community engagement, and economic development considerations helped shape the final product. In addition, the session will look at how historic tax credits, historic covenants, etc. helped make these projects successful and will also address some of the challenges encountered when redoing historic structures.

[PS] The Year of Challenge-Rock, Paper Scissors How to handle disaster!
Speaker: Deana Wright
, Murray Main Street Manager
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, Choir Room
Description: Case study of three disasters within one 6 month period in downtown Murray and tips on how to bounce back

Wed, April 24
11:00 - 12:00PM

[SC] Public Wi-Fi in your Downtown
John Putnam, Smart Cities Program Manager at Cincinnati Bell
Gateway TIE Building, Rm UB 217
Description: This session will explore Public Wi-Fi, the foundation of a smart city. More than just the provision of high speed internet, an intelligent Wi-Fi network can provide a Main Street organization or interested City governments a platform for communication, branding, placemaking, and public engagement. A captive portal system provides direct communication to the community about events, businesses, and special promotions downtown. An intelligent Wi-Fi network can also collect valuable analytics on who comes downtown, how they travel, how long they stay, and how often they return. Main Street organizations can use this information to study the impact of events, provide information for business attraction and retention, and drive decision making, just for starters. The session will highlight several case studies including Covington, KY and Fairborn, OH.

[D&I] Bridging the Gap in Communities
Speakers: Bermira Gates
, founder of CUWIN (see you win)
City Hall
Bemira Gates, an alumna of Clark Atlanta University, has contributed to campus and community organizations by bridging the gap in areas of unmet needs. Gates founded CUWIN (see you win), a nonprofit organization with the single mission of relating education to real life situations. CUWIN assists grassroots, faith-based and nonprofit agencies with serving disadvantaged neighborhoods. This is accomplished by building collaborative partnerships with national organizations. CUWIN promotes academic excellence through neighborhood volunteerism.

[CP] Demand Discovery: Going Beyond Tactical to Grow Post-Industrial Cities Speaker: Joe Nickol, Principal at YARD & Co.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Community Room
There is a split emerging among Midwestern and Upper South post-industrial cities. Some are holding on to century-old dogma of subsidizing highway infrastructure and job creation, leveraging themselves to the tilt searching for the moonshot that will save them. We call these cities "supply addicts." There is another type of city in this historic region that is quickly figuring out that while supply of buildings, safe streets, and infrastructure for the new economy is important, that the smartest delivery model for that type of growth in an otherwise slow growing area is to uncover the "demand" side of the equation. Demand Discovery is a process of finding minimally viable ways to prove market demand for walkability, amenities/third places, and for neighborhoods. These trials then translate to incremental tweaks and improvements that lead to permanent, inclusive change all while the more time-intensive aspects of real estate and infrastructure development can take place. Supply, after all, takes time.

[CP] B-Line: Building Through Bourbon Tourism
Speaker: Julie Kirkpatrick,
Vice-President of MeetNKY
Location: BLDG Description:
Every town and place has a unique attribute that makes it special. Spend some time with Vice President of meetNKY, Julie Kirkpatrick as she explains how Northern Kentucky took bourbon history and a revived bourbon industry to create The B-Line. Begin to think about the unique attributes that you can use in your Main Street to create a sense of place for visitors and residents.
[PS] Burnout Breakthrough - An Interactive Session. Learn How to Last Longer and Happier in the Workplace
Speaker: Eilene Collins
, Shelbyville Main Street & Sam Burgess, Carrollton Main Street
Trinity Episcopal Church, Choir Room
Participants will receive and share tips to avoid burnout.

Wed, April 24
2:00 - 4:00PM

[CP] Neighborhoods First
Speaker: Chuck Marohn
, Founder & President of Strong Towns
Location: Gateway TIE Building, Gallery Space

[CP] Religious Congregations and Main Street: Partners in Building Vibrant and Sustainable Communities
Bob Jaeger, Pat Frew, and Peter D’Angio
Trinity Episcopal Church, Community Room
On many Main Streets, congregations have historic buildings that serve as prominent visual anchors.  Many of them want to serve as resources for the community, but may be unsure how to begin. What resources do congregations have to offer?  How can Main Street programs invite congregations into a partnership that strengthens the community and increases the civic value of the congregation?

Join Peter D’Angio, Senior Pastor of Covington's Trinity Episcopal Church and a Renaissance, Covington board member, Pat Frew Executive Director of the Covington Business Council, and Bob Jaeger, President of Partners for Sacred Places, a national non-profit that assists congregations make the most of their historic properties as civic assets, as they use the four points of the Main Street approach to help answer these and other questions about community transformation.

The session will include case studies, specific tools to help congregations and Main Street programs in this partnership, and provide ample time for questions and discussion.