2019 Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference
The Department of Housing and Community Development presents the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at downtown venues across the City of Montpelier. The event is made possible by a partnership with Preservation Trust of Vermont, Montpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier and participating sponsors.
This year marks 20 years of the State Downtown Program. The State House is an ideal site to host the opening plenary of the conference as we reflect back on two decades of achievements and chart a new path for the future. The keynote speaker is Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces. Project for Public Spaces is an international leader in placemaking, helping to improve public spaces and build strong communities. Ethan will also lead a session on the Power of 10, a powerful tool for generating conversations to identify targeted placemaking efforts. There will be a wide variety of sessions and tours available on topics related to placemaking, housing, cultural resource resiliency, design review, advancing local leadership, downtown master planning and implementation, tours and discussions on recent and current projects in Montpelier and much more. Registration for the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference will open in March with more detailed information coming soon.
The conference culminates with the Creativity Thrives Downtown street closure event on Langdon Street with ArtsFest, live music, food and lots of fun. We are pleased to be pairing our conference with the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) which will be held on June 6th and 7th in Montpelier. The CCX is a biennial event that gathers people from across New England interested in putting creativity at the center of a communities vitality and identity. To register and learn more about CCX please visit their website.
Thank You to our Sponsors!