A Refreshed Approach to Main Street

APA Alabama Chapter


Monday, October 31, 2016
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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Synopsis:  Historically, Alabama’s downtowns have been the heart of its communities – the core of our architectural and cultural heritage; they are the places where people gathered to celebrate and where communities big and small did business.  Today, Alabamians are looking to downtowns not only as places for memories but also as places for bold economic opportunity.  New restaurants are coming to small towns, long-time businesses are thriving in places they have been for decades, and downtowns are breathing new life into streets that are bustling again.  What’s old is new again, and downtowns are the new frontier for innovation, creativity, collaboration and economic prosperity.  The tools and solutions needed to capitalize on this renewed phenomenon, and to seize on new opportunities at the doorstep of Alabama communities, will not magically appear.  Practical tools and proven solutions are available through the educational, networking and training services provided by Main Street Alabama.


Mary Helmer

Invited Speaker

Mary Helmer – President and State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama Mary Helmer has served as the President and State Coordinator for Main Street Alabama (MSA) since 2013. She brings a wealth of knowledge to MSA, specializing in the areas of community and business development strategies, relationship building, training and leadership ... Read More