Have you and your community partners ever gotten stuck on a major initiative?
To succeed, Main Street must show visible results that can only come from completing projects – both short- and long-term activities that add up to meaningful change. Yet, before any undertaking, local leaders need to work together to identify key strategies that will provide a clear sense of shared priorities and direction. Navigating the conversations and decision-making is tough! Wouldn’t it be great to utilize a process that makes it easier to move the conversation around action?
For day three of DI20, July 30, check out a speaker and two sessions, which not only provide that process, but also inspire ideas for meaningful change:
At 9:30 a.m., Debbie Irwin, executive director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund, a regional leader in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, will focus on a planning process that can generate innovative solutions. Strategic Doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. Irwin will also share some stories about local communities who effectively used Strategic Doing to make tangible impacts.
At 11 a.m., we will recognize outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts, highlights of inspiring projects that are improving the quality of life in Virginia’s communities and driving their economy forward. This year, the annual Merit Awards will recognize the best adaptive reuse, best downtown business promotions, outstanding businesses, best public improvement and volunteer of the year. Following the awards, you will not want to miss a rundown on some tools that help make these projects feasible.
Download the Downtown Intersections Workbook for more information about the speakers and sessions.