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Great Lakes Main Street Conference

2021 Great Lakes Main Street Mini-Conference, Aug. 5 and 6

Click here to register for the conference


The Great Lakes Main Street Conference was launched by OCRA in 2019. The conference was created as a way to convene leaders in downtown and historic commercial district revitalization from all over the Great Lakes region. Through the conference, OCRA aims to highlight asset-based strategies for community and economic development.

2021 GLMSC

This year, GLMSC will take place as a as a virtual mini-conference. The conference will include over ten breakout sessions, three plenary sessions and networking events throughout the conference. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants after the conference. Registered attendees will receive links to all available sessions each morning of the conference via email.

View the 2021 Great Lakes Main Street Conference virtual guide here.


  • The GLMS Mini-Con will be available at a discounted price
    • $25 for individuals
    • $50 for groups of up to five
  • Registration is extended to neighboring states within the Great Lakes region
  • The deadline to register is Aug. 4
  • Click here to register

2021 GLMSC Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 5

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Opening Plenary: Here and Now
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The History of Place: How Did We Get Here?
  Storytelling and Data and Volunteer Recruitment, Oh My!
  How to Be a Better Board President
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Chew and Chat: Lessons Learned
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Marketing 3-4-5
  Women Take Main Street
  Why Cultural Arts And Placemaking Matter to Main Street 
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Afternoon Wellness Session: Yoga and Meditation
3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. Does Your Downtown Brand Experience Still Measure Up?                          
  Turning Liabilities into Assets with Place
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. GLMSC Happy Hour

Friday, Aug. 6

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Morning Wellness Session: Executive Director Coffee Chat
9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Morning Plenary: Resetting the Main Street Mindset
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Civic Leaders Panel
  Looking Back and Forward: Checking in on Small Businesses
  Cultural Preservation: Interpreting and Interacting with Local History
12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. When Cultural Advocacy Meets Main Street
  Making the Most of a Grant: Spotlight on PWLG and TCOMS
  Next Gen: Emerging Leaders and Engaging Youth
1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m. Closing Plenary: Main Street America