Pre-Con Day: July 28, 2020
July 29–31, 2020
Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Early Registration Deadline: June 17, 2020

Join us for Missouri Main Street Connection’s Premier Revitalization Conference

Places Reimagined will transform the way we think, engage, and invest in place. Places Reimagined is reclaiming, sustaining, and developing creative and healthy communities. This place-based economic development approach infuses arts, heritage, and culture into place. Places Reimagined is empowering Missouri communities to reclaim, strengthen, and revive the very places we call home. The importance of Places Reimagined will inspire local leaders and stakeholders to evaluate the role of place in today’s economy while creating and engaging people-centered communities.
Join us at . . . PLACES REIMAGINED!


Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Tuesday, July 28th Conference Highlights

Pre-Con Day!
Placemaking Interactive Learning Experience

In-the-Field Placemaking Laboratory Experience

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2020; 10 am – 6 pm; Bus leaves conference hotel at 10 am from the Central Street side
Lunch on your own in downtown Independence, MO

No cost but must RSVP at registration; working laboratory attendees receive special tee shirts

Fun Places and Beautiful Spaces! Attendees to “Get Plugged In . . . Downtown,” Missouri’s premier downtown revitalization conference, are invited to participate in this one-day “Places Reimagined!” In-the-Field Placemaking Laboratory Experience. At the end of the day, each attendee will have a better idea of how to take his/her experience home and build a project from the ground up.

Bring your own team, or join other participants to form a team, as we learn how to engage our respective communities in a remarkable event that will improve physical appearances, provide community involvement, and inspire shared connections for the future.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you will learn to plan and orchestrate placemaking projects to improve the physical and economic environment in your downtown district. Your team will generate ideas about how to build on your downtown assets to improve public space. Communities build powerful connections around the shared experience of a vision for the future together.

The “Places Reimagined!” Placemaking Workshop will be reinforced with our opening keynote speaker, Jason Roberts, who is a founding director of Team Better Block and has dedicated his life’s work to the creation of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhoods.

Workshop attendees are encouraged to attend the ShowMe Bash on Wednesday night to view the completed project in downtown Independence, MO.

Wednesday, July 29th Conference Highlights

Welcome & Opening Assembly with Keynote Address

Jason Roberts, co-founder of Better Block, is an urban planner, artist, and civic activist whose work has been dedicated to the creation of healthy, vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods. In 2006, Jason helped to revive the Dallas streetcar system. He later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 million dollar grant from the federal government to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has become an open-sourced international movement has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Dwell Magazine. Jason has received a Champions of Change award from the US White House and has been showcased internationally for his work.

ShowMe Bash

Step back to the future on the Historic Independence Square.  First settled in 1827 you will be able to tour the original 1827 Log Courthouse, the Historic Truman Courthouse & George Caleb Bingham Gallery, the 1859 Jail & Museum, Polly’s Pop bottling facility and a combined business & residence that once housed a Savings & Loan managed by Harry Truman.  We let our historic past inspire a dynamic future.  Experience a blend of old and new.  Come see the streetscape plans for 2021 and multiple new art installations including the finale of the Placemaking Interactive Learning Experience that was installed during Pre-Con Day. Our favorite son, President Harry S Truman, was as bold as the pioneers that outfitted their wagons and headed west from these very streets.  We continue to embrace that bold spirit with exciting plans for the future.  Take a ride on a covered wagon, enjoy an ice cream from the very shop that Truman worked as a teenager and end the evening with a buffet featuring favorite foods from our district.  Your only regret will be not having enough time to experience all we have to offer!

Thursday, July 30th Conference Highlights

Evening of Excellence Award Ceremony

We invite you to join us for the Evening of Excellence! This evening is a celebration of recognizing communities that represent the use of the Main Street Approach to revitalize traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts. Join in the festivities of “Places Reimagined,” and the people, projects, and partnerships that best represent the great accomplishments communities have made throughout the state in downtown revitalization.
6:00 pm Wine Reception in Basie Ballroom Foyer
6:30 pm Evening of Excellence in Basie Ballroom
Friday, July 31st Conference Highlights

Closing Session with Keynote Address

Ed McMahon, Board Chair of the National Main Street Center and Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, will deliver the closing keynote address for Get Plugged In . . . Downtown, Missouri’s Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference. He will make the case for why local, place-based economic development is the key to long-term economic and social prosperity in his address, “Invest in a Great Place for Prosperity.”

2020 Conference Sponsors

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