An exciting training called “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities” is coming to Hillsboro on February 29th and March 1st. The National Main Streets Center (NMSC) based out of Chicago, and Project for Public Spaces (PPS), based out of New York City, are launching a series of intensive trainings in five pilot states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, and Oregon. The NMSC, Oregon Main Street, and the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership are working together to bring the conference to Downtown Hillsboro.

35 communities in Oregon will be represented at the conference in addition to NMSC and PPS staff. Furthermore, local and regional representatives of federal agencies and philanthropic foundations will be in attendance, working with trainers and trainees to identify ways to successfully grow, implement, and sustain Placemaking efforts in these states after the training.

Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools for change that Main Street organizations can easily learn and apply to their revitalization work. Through a strategy called “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper,” individuals and communities can make immediate and affordable changes to public spaces while also building local support and demonstrating to stakeholders the potential for further long-term projects and investments.

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