On October 25th NAIOP and Newaukee, a social architecture firm specializing on signature experiences, traveled to Madison Wisconsin for the 2nd Storefronts Conference. A day-long conference that focuses on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices, and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts.
The Storefronts Conference featured over 15 national and local speakers that have implemented practices and tactics in their own communities and across the country to address vacant storefronts. Speakers touched on topics such as new trends in filling storefronts, holistic approaches to community building, and success stories that led to action plans and sparked ideas to fill empty storefronts.
A few subjects speakers addressed at the conference:
– New Trends in Filling Storefronts along Main Street by Matt Wagner, Ph.D. & VP of Community Revitalization, National Main Streets Center, Inc
– A Developer’s Dilemma – What to do When the Numbers Don’t Add Up by Hovde Properties
– Motor City Match for Small Business & Developers by Anthony Askew, Motor City Match Manager, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
– Fill That Storefront: Revitalizing Neighborhoods via Small Business Competitions by Kelsey Otero, Social Innovation at Marquette and Co-Chair of the Near West Side Commercial Corridor Development Working Team and Keith Stanley, Executive Director, Near West Side Partners
For further information about the 2016 Storefronts Conference please follow this link. If you would like to see pictures from the 2015 Storefronts Conference in Milwaukee click here.
The Storefronts Conference was presented by NAIOP Wisconsin, sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Hovde Properties, Ryan Companies US, Inc., Majic Productions, and supported by City of Madison, League of Municipalities, Madison Chamber of Commerce, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rural Partners, Madison Downtown, UW-Extension, and Visit Madison.