Registration: 8 am - 8:45 am
9 am - 11:15 am
The opening plenary will be held at Holley Hall and will feature keynote speaker Dar Williams, a touring musician and author whose recent book
What I Found in a Thousand Towns discusses what she calls Positive Proximity or the social capital-building that allows towns to become unique, prosperous and self-reliant. Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.
Following the keynote will be the biennial presentation of Preservation Awards, which honor individuals and organizations who have done exemplary work in their communities.
Lunch: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Explore Bristol's Main Street shops, historical society, art galleries, and restaurants for lunch. There will also be a brown bag meet-up for the Creative Network.
Lightning Talks & Field Sessions: 1 pm - 5 pm
The afternoon will include a series of informative, educational and entertaining
Lightning Talks and Field Sessions that will take you into the heart of Bristol! Learn about Bristol's recent Village Green initiatives or meet with business owners to discuss Pop-Up shops and the link to economic revitalization. Explore Bristol's trail systems and arts community and learn how locals are connecting outdoor amenities and the arts to Main Street. Visit historic properties that have been offered a new life through Adaptive Reuse and learn about State and Federal incentives that can help with local redevelopment efforts.
Closing Reception: 5 pm - 6 pm
In addition to the conference field sessions there will be ample time to network including a reception immediately following the conference.