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Workshop puts renewed focus on downtown

Adkins to facilitate CVB’s revitalization discussion

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 6:59 a.m. CST

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — The Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is co-sponsoring an economic development workshop Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. 

Held in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, “Why Main Streets Matter! Bringing Visitors to Your Small Business,” will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th Street in Lockport.

Lauren Adkins, nationally recognized for her work with hundreds of communities, will facilitate event, discussing all aspects of downtown revitalization and economic development. 

The day-long workshop will allow municipal leaders, economic development directors, planners, elected officials, Chamber of Commerce executives/members, small business and property owners an opportunity to focus on downtown revitalization to bring visitors, and jobs, to these important commercial areas.

“Community leaders know where their ‘main street’ is, and why it matters to their community’s economic stability,” said CVB President and CEO Bob Navarro. “Our facilitator will help participants focus on how to rejuvenate those areas, and bring visitors, customers — and jobs.  Lauren Adkins is clearly a heavy hitter who knows how to revitalize downtowns.”

Adkins has worked with the National Trust Main Street Center, served as neighborhood commercial district program in Arlington, Virginia, guest lectures at numerous prestigious universities, and now runs a successful consulting business.

As space is limited, advance registration is encouraged. To register, call (815) 588-7940 or visit, click on members and events.

For CVB members and National Trust members/partners, the cost of registration is $20 per person, and includes lunch. Non-member registration with lunch is $25. After Jan. 23, all registration is $35 per person.

The Heritage Corridor CVB generates economic impact among the communities and counties along the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor.

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