July 24–26th, 2019
The Westin St. Louis
811 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Early Registration Deadline: July 1, 2019

Be Inspired – Join us at Missouri’s Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference to develop fresh ideas on how you can engage, inspire and create memories while at the same time increase economic prosperity in the very heart of your community.

This year’s conference will inspire downtown revitalization attendees to rethink how they present and market their district, businesses, special projects and their organization to customers, visitors, business and property owners.

This Conference will ignite creative ideas that will inspire welcoming change from our urban districts to small towns and rural Main Streets.

Missouri’s Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference is the only commercial district revitalization educational and networking event that blends economic development, community revitalization, and historic preservation.

Tuesday, July 23rd Conference Highlights

Opening Reception & Brewery Tour

Budweiser Tour – Budweiser Brewery
5:50 & 6:00pm – $20/person

A special treat for those that arrive the evening before the conference begins – a visit to Budweiser Brewery! We have booked two private tours, each will include our own private guide that will take us to visit the Clydesdales Stables, Beechwood Aging Cellars, Brew House and Packaging Plant. The tour lasts about two hours and concludes with a brief visit to the Biergarten. Note that the Stables and Clydesdales are subject to availability. Please register early as we must confirm ticket numbers two weeks ahead. Limited number of tickets available so don’t wait! Transportation from the Westin will be provided.

Limited number of tickets available ONLY online—no onsite tickets available.

Wednesday, July 24th Conference Highlights

Show Me Bash Event

ShowMe Bash
6:00 – 9pm – $40/person

The ShowMe Bash will be held at the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis. The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on American and world culture. We will gather in the Lumière Place Legends Room for Sugarfire BBQ and blues music! All ShowMe Bash attendees will have full access to tour the Blues Museum during the evening. Join us for a fun-filled evening with friends old and new! Transportation from the Westin will be provided and run continuously throughout the evening.

Tickets available online and onsite at the registration office.

Thursday, July 25th Conference Highlights

Welcome & Opening Assembly with Keynote Address

Peter Kageyama, For the Love of Cities, Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’

Peter speaks about emotional engagement with PLACES—cities, towns, communities, neighborhoods, and especially downtowns, which he calls the “psychic centers” of places. Good things happen when more people become emotionally engaged with their places and when more people fall in love with those places. Main Street programs pay a unique role in creating this sense of place.

Peter will inspire the audience to encourage people to go from saying they love a place to actually doing something for that place. He believes Main Streets can compete and even thrive in the Age of Amazon with bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen. Peter will be available at Main Street 5 & Dime to sign books immediately following his address.

Evening of Excellence Award Ceremony

Evening of Excellence Awards Dinner
6:00 – 10pm – $65/person

Evening of Excellence returns and will be more dynamic than ever! We will gather in the Promenade Foyer and Promenade Room at the Westin St. Louis Hotel for the Wine Reception beginning at 6:00 pm. The Evening of Excellence Awards Dinner will follow beginning at 6:30pm, where we will have dinner and present awards to Missouri communities for their special projects and events. This evening showcases the people, projects and partnerships that best represent the great accomplishments communities have made throughout the state in downtown revitalization.

Tickets available online and onsite at the registration office.

Friday, July 26th Conference Highlights

General Session with Keynote Address

Brandon W. Johnson, a.k.a. “Positive Energy Guy” has had the honor of developing tens of thousands of leaders through his leadership trainings, workshops, and speeches over the past 20 years. In 2017 and 2018, Brandon was honored and humbled by being named the #1 Global Guru for the Hospitality Industry.

Brandon has more than 20 years of experience in operations and leadership positions in the hospitality industry, non-profits, training organizations, entrepreneurship, and higher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management and a master’s degree in management technology with an organizational development focus. His clients include such well-known names as McDonald’s, Hilton, Famous Dave’s, Hyatt, and Odyssey Resorts.

Brandon’s trademark passion, heart, and energy inspires audiences everywhere while also giving them practical tools to take their results in business and life to the next level.  Brandon’s book,Hospitality from the Heart,” will help you engage your employees, deliver extraordinary service, and create loyal guests. Brandon will be available at Main Street 5 & Dime to sign books immediately following his address.

2019 Conference Sponsors

This conference is a private and public partnership with Department of Economic Development, State of Missouri, USDA, and MMSC.