Minnesota Main Street Basic Training Workshop
04/11/2017 08:30 AM - 04/12/2017 04:30 PM CT
The Bachrach Building Loft
318 Central Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
$225.00 Non-Member Early Bird Registration (Before March 31st)
$240.00 Non-Member Two Day Regular Registration
$125.00 Non-Member One Day Regular Registration
$85.00 Student Registration
$75.00 Associate Member Community Registration
Free Designated Main Street Community Registration

Are you looking for ideas and strategies to help revitalize your downtown? Do you operate a business or own a building located downtown? Are you involved in your local Main Street Program or Downtown Revitalization group?

If so, register for Minnesota Main Street's Basic Training today! 

During this two-day workshop, you will hear from...

  • Maura Donovan, Executive Director, University Economic Development, UMN, as she presents on a recently published report titled, "Immigrants and Minnesota's Workforce." According to the report, demographic trends “paint a troubling picture for the growth of Minnesota’s economy,” and the report notes that “a focus on attracting more immigrants is an imperative for Minnesota in order to address the challenges linked to the slowing growth of the state’s population and labor force.” A group discussion will follow the presentation.
  • Joe Lawniczak, Downtown Design Specialist, Wisconsin Main Street Program, as he presents about downtown design-related principles and strategies like alley-side improvements, signage and awnings, dealing with vacancies, parking strategies, ordinances, financial incentives, and much more!
  • Sarina Otaibi, Minnesota Main Street Coordinator, as she presents about Main Street and how to apply the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization in your community, identify community needs and goals for downtown to develop a community vision, and develop a cohesive program to get the work done! 

Who should attend? 

  • Main Street Downtown revitalization board members, volunteers and staff 
  • Revitalization committee members 
  • City officials 
  • Downtown developers, property owners, and business owners 
  • Economic development professionals 
  • Chambers of Commerce staff and volunteers 

Whether you're new to Main Street or a seasoned veteran, Main Street Basic Training provides the fundamentals on a proven model used to reinvigorate traditional business districts across the country. Basic Training tackles issues that are facing Main Street communities with real examples and hands on activities to bring back to your home communities.

Questions? Contact Sarina Otaibi by emailing sotaibi@mnpreservation.org or calling (320) 262-9514.


Joe Lawniczak, Downtown Design Specialist, Wisconsin Main Street Program

Joe Lawniczak has been the Downtown Design Specialist with Wisconsin Main Street since 2001. He works daily with building owners, city officials, and stakeholders in Main Street communities throughout Wisconsin, preserving and restoring historic building facades, providing preservation and design education, and establishing local preservation tools such as design guidelines, design review, ordinances, etc. Since 2001, he has completed nearly 1,200 renderings for businesses and property owners throughout Wisconsin and the United States. He has been a featured speaker and/or provided hands-on design services for several other statewide organizations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin. 



Maura Donovan, Executive Director, University Economic Development

Maura Donovan is executive director of the University of Minnesota’s Office of University Economic Development. She is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for university-wide economic development activities, including promoting public-private partnerships and external engagement and working with statewide and regional economic development partners. Donovan was a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington and a B.A. in chemistry and Russian from Macalester College.




Sarina Otaibi, Minnesota Main Street Coordinator, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

Sarina Otaibi has been the Minnesota Main Street Coordinator with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) since May of 2016. She works with local Main Street programs around the state to connect them with the resources they need to revitalize their downtown districts. Otaibi holds a master's degree in historic preservation from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.B.A. in marketing from Stetson University in Florida. She works and lives in Granite Falls, MN, where she is serving her second four year term as a City Council Member, working with community members to open a cooperative brewery, and rehabbing her historic church building. 



Ticket transfer policy: If you are unable to attend a class but would like to transfer your registration email dsykora@mnpreservation.org with your name and contact information (email address and phone number), as well as the contact information of the person that will be taking your spot in class. We will update our attendance list accordingly. 

Refund policy: Please email dsykora@mnpreservation.org if you would like a refund on your purchased ticket. PAM will arrange to refund the cost of the registration. Refunds are only provided up to seven days prior to the class.

This Project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. 

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