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The Bringing Back Main Street initiative offers local communities a place to share best practices and engage in a regional dialogue about revitalizing and supporting vibrant downtown spaces. Each quarter, community leaders gather for a roundtable on topics ranging from small business support to sidewalk infrastructure. These ongoing roundtables add to the knowledge shared during a 2015 workshop series.
Tuesday, April 23, 20199:30 A.M. - NoonTomball Community Center 221 Market Street Tomball, TX 77375
The Texas Masonry Council will share information and resources for local communities looking to replace existing building facades or construct new masonry buildings in their downtowns. The roundtable will be at the Tomball Community Center.
Jason Vandever, Energy Code Program Manager at SPEER, will share his knowledge on meeting building codes and standards when renovating old or historic buildings in your downtown. Jason’s presentation will be followed by a tour of two renovated buildings in downtown Angleton led by Martha Eighme, City of Angleton’s Economic Development and Tourism Director.
Dr. Sherry McKibben, Director of Neighborhood Resources at the City of Huntsville, shared her knowledge on implementing a wayfinding and signage program and discussed the importance of coordination between state and local agencies. Debbie Charbonneau, Main Street Coordinator at the City of Huntsville, discussed the downtown branding strategies used by their community and how they have found success. She also shared event planning and community engagement advice.
Jaimie Masterson, director of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University shared information about their free and low-cost planning services for small towns in the state. Janice Vyoral and Renee Butler, business owners in downtown Rosenberg also gave their stories about how to unite small businesses to revitalize historic commercial districts.
Sabrina Glenn and Monica Pierre shared information on several loan and grant programs available from the USDA Office of Rural Development. H-GAC staff also reviewed a set of recurring placemaking grant opportunities.
Isabel Longoria, Associate State Director for AARP, led a discussion on age-friendly planning and design, and shared a number of resources for local leaders to champion livability in their communities.
Emily Koller from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) presented information on THC programs, including the DowntownTX.org tool.
Representatives from Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) shared insights into transportation funding and best practices for working with TxDOT.
Speakers from Wharton County discussed their efforts to leverage historic preservation for downtown revitalization.
The speaker presented ways to utilize existing assets in a community to move a plan forward. Attendees also learned the benefits of using Google tools to support small businesses.
Speakers discussed effective revitalization efforts in Bastrop and best practices in downtown land use policies.
Speakers discussed Downtown Parks and Public Spaces.
Speakers from Bryan, Conroe, La Porte, and Navasota discussed downtown events.
Speakers discussed regional resources available from H-GAC and the components of well-designed downtowns.
Speakers discussed the benefits of heritage and cycling tourism for small towns.
H-GAC hosted a series of workshops with experts from throughout Texas providing tips on how to create an economically-vibrant Main Street in the region’s small cities and towns. Each workshop focused on a different component of the revitalization process.
Speakers described characteristics of vibrant downtowns and explain how communities can plan for revitalization, based on community input.
Speakers identified policies, programs and funding tools that can be used to support and encourage investment downtown.
Speakers described ways communities can market their downtowns to residents, businesses and visitors.
Joey KasparSenior Planner713firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston-Galveston Area Council