Bringing Back Main Street: A Guide to Downtown Revitalization for Local Governments provides an overview of how communities can create vibrant downtowns, highlighting successful revitalization efforts implemented by small cities throughout Texas.
H-GAC hosts quarterly roundtables that focus on downtown revitalization.
Join us Tuesday, April 25, 2017, to learn how your community can leverage historic preservation in your downtown at H-GAC’s Bringing Back Main Street: Revitalization Roundtable. The meeting will be held at Caney Creek Church, 118 W. Milam St., Wharton 77488. Registration and light breakfast begin at 9:30 and the program begins at 10 a.m. There will be a short walking tour as part of the agenda.
Register here. Contact Clint.McManus@h-gac.com or 832-681-2513 for more information.
Speakers discussed Downtown Parks and Public Spaces.
May 25, 2016
Speakers from Bryan, Conroe, La Porte, and Navasota discussed downtown events.
January 14, 2016AgendaWelcome to Downtown Friendswood (City Manager Roger Roecker) The Role of Urban Design In Promoting Redevelopment (Kent Marsh) Regional Assistance - Community Enhancement Grants (Amanda Thorin)
Octonber 1, 2015AgendaDowntown Revitalization in Tomball (Mayor Gretchen Fagan) Defining Heritage Tourism in Your Community (April Garner) Biking and Tourism (Andrew Pompei)
H-GAC hosted a series of workshops with experts from throughout Texas providing tips on how to create an economically-vibrant Main Street in our region’s small cities and towns. Each workshop focuses on a different component of the revitalization process.
Following the workshop series, H-GAC hosted a networking event/launch party for the publication Bringing Back Main Street: A Guide to Downtown Revitalization for Local Governments.
Speakers described characteristics of vibrant downtowns and explain how communities can plan for revitalization, based on community input.
PresentationsElements of Successful Downtowns (Catherine Sak)Community Visioning (Matt Bucchin)Thinking Outside the Box (Catherine Sak)Capitalizing on Historic Resources (Debra Drescher)Environmentally-Friendly Downtowns (Sharon Fleming)Downtown Public Spaces Grants Handout (Amanda Thorin)
Speakers identified policies, programs and funding tools that can be used to support and encourage investment downtown.
PresentationsState Funding Opportunities (Chad Hinds)Private Foundations (Ronnie Hagerty)Case Study: La Grange (Stacey Norris)Local Support (Steve Spillette)Regulatory Tools (Kate Singleton)Interjurisdictional Partnerships (Adena Lewis)Regional Assistance (Jeff Taebel)
Speakers described ways communities can market their downtowns to residents, businesses and visitors.
PresentationsTargeting Businesses (Scott W. Day)Instant Impact (Zakcq Lockrem)Dos and Don'ts of Downtown Marketing (Scott W. Day)Marketing Your Downtown: Case Study (Jennifer H. Eckermann)