The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Washington State Main Street Program are pleased to host RevitalizeWA, the Washington State Main Street and Preservation Conference, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center in Walla Walla on May 11-13, 2011. This two-day conference will feature a full day of sessions on May 12 and a half day on May 13, followed by afternoon tours. A "Main Street 101" workshop is scheduled for May 11.
This year's keynote speaker, Becky McCray, is an international expert on rural community development, heritage tourism and social media. Ms. McCray says that small businesses and small towns matter. She is a small town business owner, with a retail store and a cattle ranch in Woods County, Oklahoma. Through her consulting firm she helps small town governments, and promotes entrepreneurship and tourism in small towns.
Her dedication to small business has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She publishes the popular website, Small Biz Survival, on small town small business, and she is the author of 20 Small Business Ideas for Small Towns and Shop Local Campaigns for Small Towns. All of this from her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of fewer than 30 people.
In addition to a wonderful keynote speaker, we will be offering a variety of sessions relating to the revitalization of our historic downtowns. Please visit our website, PreserveWA.org/revitalizeWA to find the preliminary conference schedule.
There are two evening receptions included in your conference registration. The opening reception is May 11 and the "Excellence on Main" awards reception to follow on May 12.
In addition to the conference, the Trust is thrilled to be hosting a special Winemaker's Dinner on May 13. Please join the Trust, Sleight of Hand Cellars and Olive Catering for this fantastic event. More details about the dinner are listed below.
A little extra information about registering:
You may register for the Main Street 101 workshop ONLY, the workshop AND conference, or the conference ONLY. Receptions are included in conference registration, but guests not attending the conference may register for the receptions ONLY. Friday afternoon tours are not included in conference registration costs and are listed separately under May 13 in the drop down menu.
Please note: Multiple conference options are listed under the following single dates.
May 11, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Workshop Only - $35
May 11, 1:00pm - May 13, 12:00pm
Workshop and Conference - $170
Workshop and Conference Group Rate - $125 (Group rates are for 5 or more attendees from a single organization. Please contact Sarah Hansen or Kelly Hufty for a group code.)
May 11, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Welcome Reception - $35 (This option is for anyone wishing to attend the welcome reception, but not attending the conference. Conference registration includes all receptions.)
May 12, 8:00am - May 13, 12:00pm
Conference ONLY - $150
Conference ONLY Group Rate - $100 (Group rate applies to 5 or more attendees from a single organization. Please contact Sarah Hansen or Kelly Hufty for a group code.)
May 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Awards Reception - $35 (This option is for anyone wishing to attend the awards reception, but not attending the conference. All receptions are included in conference registration.)
May 13, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Public Art Walking Tour - $15
Adaptive Reuse Walking Tour - $15
Barn Tour (Bus Tour) - $35
Bike Tour (no guide) - Free
Fort Walla Walla Tour (Bus Tour) - Free
May 13, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Wine Production Tour - $15
Walla Walla enjoys two winery production facilities as part of our downtown. This tour will cover winery production facilities as part of the downtown economy. Topics will include subjects such as facilities conversion, water/sewage, odor issues, truck access, and cooperation with adjacent businesses. The tour will start at the north door of the Marcus Whitman with a walk to Seven Hills Winery and Forgeron Cellars. Walking distance is about 1/2 mile. These are back door tours through production areas so wear comfortable, close toed shoes.
May 13, 7:00pm-10:00pm
As a special event, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting an exclusive Winemaker's Dinner on May 13. This elegant evening will feature a menu of local, fresh food prepared by Olive Catering and showcase Walla Walla's Sleight of Hand Cellars, recently named by Seattle Magazine as one of Washington's "next cult wineries." We are thrilled to have Trey Busch, winemaker and co-owner of Sleight of Hand Cellars, join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening. The dinner will be held in one of Walla Walla's beautiful, historic homes. Tickets are VERY LIMITED, so please reserve your place for this amazing event as soon as possible. Cost: $150
Please note, the conference room block at the Marcus Whitman Hotel is full, but the hotel still has a limited amount of luxury tower suites available. To check availability, please call the Marcus Whitman at 1.866.826.9422 or 1.509.525.2200. For alternate lodging options, please contact Tourism Walla Walla at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.877.WWVISIT.
Please join the Trust, Washington's Main Street Program, and all those passionate about revitalizing the Pacific Northwest's historic communities to celebrate Main Street at RevitalizeWA! Don't hesitate to contact Sarah Hansen (email@example.com) or Kelly Hufty (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding the conference or registration.
Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center
Six West Rose Street
Walla Walla, WA 98362