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Main Street Oakland County Hosts Free Main Street 101 and 201 Workshops in Pontiac

Public Date: 3/14/2013 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

​Waterford, Michigan -- Registration has been extended to Monday, March 18 for the popular Main Street 101 & 201 training, offered by Main Street Oakland County. The free sessions for all Main Street Oakland County communities provide introductory and advanced training for local program managers, board members, planners and others who may be interested.

Main Street 101 & 201 will be held Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Grande Banquet Center, 1 Lafayette Street (at North Saginaw) in downtown Pontiac. RSVP with contact information to Kim Durkin at or call (248) 858-1995.

"Our downtowns are job generators," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "All downtowns can benefit from this training. These management tools can help keep our downtowns strong and vibrant."

Nationally respected speakers Donna Harris (Heritage Consulting, Inc.), Anthony Rubano (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency), Todd Barman and Kathy LaPlante (National Trust Main Street Center) will lead workshops on the Main Street Four-Point Approach®: organization, economic restructuring, promotion and design.

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) is Oakland County's unique economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on "sense of place." Established by Patterson in 2000, the 17 unique MSOC communities have established 773 new businesses and created 7,629 new jobs for a total of more than $632 million in economic investment through their participation in this program. The nation's first county-wide Main Street® program, MSOC helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities. Learn more at