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The Department of Housing and Community Development is pleased to present the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in the City of Montpelier. The event is made possible by a partnership with Preservation Trust of VermontMontpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier and participating sponsors.

This year marks 20 years of the State Downtown Program.  The State House is an ideal location for the opening plenary as we reflect back on two decades of downtown revitalization 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.  Please visit our website for more information about the program, registration and additional conference information.

Take advantage of the early bird rate until May 15th by registering now.  Space is limited and the conference may sell out quickly.

The conference culminates with the Creativity Thrives Downtown Reception, supported by National Life Group, a street party on Langdon Street that bridges the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference and New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creativity Communities Exchange. The reception is a celebration of creativity, including art, music, food, and drink.

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 learn more about CCX please visit their website.

If you have any question, please contact or 802-828-3220.

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