LG LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES NEW ORLEANS SET TO HOST 2006 NATIONAL MAIN STREETS CONFERENCE -- 010/26/2005
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2005
LG LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES NEW ORLEANS SET TO HOST 2006 NATIONAL MAIN STREETS CONFERENCE
1,300 Conference Participants Expected in June
Baton Rouge, LA - Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism will co-host the 2006 National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans on June 4, 2006 - June 7, 2006. The 2006 conference is expected to bring at least 1,300 historic preservation leaders from around the country for a four-day learning experience that will include tours of some of South Louisiana's most noteworthy examples of historic preservation.
Lt. Governor Landrieu said, "The 2006 National Main Street conference provides an opportunity for Louisiana to show the world that the tourism and cultural industries of this state are standing themselves up. Our state is steadily rebounding from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and New Orleans is returning as a pre-eminent destination to hold a national conference."
The President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richard Moe, said he is particularly pleased with the location of the 2006 conference, stating, "We believe it's appropriate that one of the first national conferences to meet in New Orleans post-Katrina will have a preservation theme, and we're confident that the more than 1,300 community leaders and preservation experts expected to attend will reinforce the message that a commitment to preservation is good business."
The National Trust for Historic Preservation created the Main Street program 25 years ago, and the Trust will also co-host this year's conference. The national Main Street program combines principles of historic preservation and economic development to revitalize downtown areas. The 2006 conference will cap off the Trust's 25th Anniversary celebration of its Main Street program.
"This conference is a prime example of how the cultural economy will be on the cutting edge of Louisiana's social and economic rebirth in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita," said Angele Davis, Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
Helping to coordinate the activities of the 2006 conference will be the Louisiana Main Street Program, and its 25 local Main Street Communities from across the state. Each Louisiana Main Street member community uses nationally-tested principles of design, organization, promotion, and economic restructuring. The program takes what is unique and authentic about each member community, and then shows it off to best advantage.
One of the highlights of the annual conference is the naming of the top five Main Street -programs in the country as recipients of the Great American Main Street Award. The winners are selected based upon eight different criteria, including involvement in both the public and private sectors and the level of community support for revitalization. At the most recent conference last spring, one of the winners of the Great American Main Street Award was one of Louisiana's own programs, New Iberia Main Street.