2019 Kentucky Main Street Conference

Covington, KY, April 23 - April 25

Join us for the 2019 Kentucky Main Street Conference! This year, we celebrate forty years of the Kentucky Main Street program. We’re bringing together Kentucky and Ohio (and beyond) Main Street Directors, Board Members, and local supporters for a three day conference exploring topics facing our Main Streets today and in the future.

REGISTER TODAY at the link to the left.
(Conference registration is open to the public.)



We encourage Main Street practitioners and passionate local leaders to submit a proposal that will serve all the attendants of the conference. Please submit your session proposal by March 15, 2019 (session leaders will be notified by March 21, 2019).

Please fill out a Conference Proposal HERE.




Our Conference Themes This Year Include:


Practitioner Skills
This conference thread will focus on the skills necessary to execute facets of the 4-Point-Approach. We will seek conference proposals on topics such as marketing, fundraising, grant writing, event production, board management, volunteer management, etc.

Diversity and Inclusion
These conversations will explore the dynamics of inclusive downtowns. What sort of work can local Main Street organizations undertake to create a sense of inclusion and why is it important to the future of our downtowns?

Rural Vibrancy
Oftentimes, best practices reflect more urban or developed areas. This conference thread will focus on smaller towns and their successes. What are strategies to maintain and attract talent through Main Street revitalization?

Creative Placemaking
This thread will explore the role of arts and creativity throughout the four points of Main Street including creative business signage, arts-oriented programming, murals, and activation of underutilized spaces.

Smart Cities
This thread will explore the question; what is the role of technology in the future of our cities? How will new technologies drive business development and attraction opportunities. What can Main Streets do to begin building technology advances into the experience of residents and visitors in communication and public space. How can data be collected and utilized to support small business?

Environmental Sustainability
As we look to the future of food, waste, and green space, how can Main Street influence policy, support local agriculture, and connect the value of our beautiful landscapes to the work of Main Street?


Conference Daily Breakdown


Tuesday, 4/23


8:00-8:30am: Breakfast & Networking
8:30-9:30am: Opening Plenary
9:45-10:45am: Session 1
1:00pm-12:00pm: Session 2

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00-4:00pm: Deep Dive Workshop
5:00-7:30pm: KY Main Street Awards and Reception

Wednesday, 4/24

8:00-8:30am: Breakfast & Networking
8:30-9:30am: Keynote: Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns ($10, without conference badge. This presentation is eligible for AICP CM credits).
9:45-10:45am: Session 1
11:00am-12:00pm: Session 2

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00-4:00pm: Deep Dive Workshop
4:30-5:30pm: KY Main Street’s Best Baker with Jason Smith
5:30-7:30pm: B-Line Bumble (Bourbon Tasting + Walking Tour, $35, a separate ticket must be conference attendees or the general public)

Thursday, 4/25

8:00-8:30am: Breakfast & Networking
8:30-9:30am: Closing Plenary
9:45-10:45: Session 1
1:00am-12:00pm: Session 2
12:00pm: Conference CONCLUDES