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Thursday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Community Driven Main Street Events with Lasting Economic Results LIMITED

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How can one event, one festival, create lasting positive effects on a town serving the larger rural community? In this session, panelists will discuss specific models proving the importance of community driven events that enhance a town far beyond a few days. Events and festivals discussed will provide ideas and inspiration to invigorate rural downtowns in your area and beyond. We are calling this the Main Street Renaissance!

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Jay Robert Allen

Jay Robert Allen
Jay Robert Allen is the owner and President of ShawCraft Sign Co., Inc. in Machesney Park, IL. In the sign business since 1983, he and his company have been the recipients of numerous international awards for design excellence n the art of sign making and fine art murals.Jay is also... Read More →

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Jen Risley

Jen served as an early organizer of the Monadnock Food Co-op in 2007 and was a founding board member in 2010.  She currently is the Marketing Manger of the Co-op.  Jen has played an integral part in the vibrancy of our communities Buy Local movement, being the founding member of... Read More →
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Paul Shea

Executive Director, Great American Downtown
Paul Shea hails from Nashua, NH, where he serves as the Executive Director of Great American Downtown, a non-profit organization with a mission centered around economic and cultural vibrancy in Downtown Nashua. Shea also serves as a director for the Peacock Players, as a member of... Read More →
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Ron Redmond

Since 1998, Ron Redmond has served as executive director of the Church Street Marketplace District in Burlington, VT, a pedestrian mall recognized by the American Planning Association as one of America’s Great Public Spaces.  Ron has worked with established and emerging downtowns... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The Old Courthouse: Cheshire County Hall