Snipes, Miller selected to speak at 2019 National Main Street Conference in Seattle, Washington


Snipes, Miller selected to speak at 2019 National Main Street Conference in Seattle, Washington
JACKSON, Miss. – Brantley Snipes of Main Street Greenwood and Jan Miller of the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) have been selected to present at the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Washington on March 25-27, 2019.

Snipes and Miller submitted a session proposal in a competitive selection process, and their session, “Aligning Your Plan of Work with Your Community’s Vision for Downtown,” was selected to be part of the conference programming. 
The session is based on a community visioning process that Snipes and Miller led in Greenwood in 2017 called "How Downtown." The successful community engagement program won a Main Street state award in the category of Organization for Outstanding Community Education Campaign this year. 
The purpose of the "How Downtown" program was to re-organize Main Street Greenwood's plan of work and ensure the organization was aligning projects with the visions of the community.

 The "How Downtown" Visioning Process consisted of a brief survey sent to community members allowing them to express their concerns or issues with downtown. The results were tallied and organized into talking points on how Main Street Greenwood could achieve change in downtown and then discussed during the "How Downtown" community meeting. More than 50 community members attended the public meeting and provided real, tangible ideas, goals and objectives for Main Street Greenwood to pursue over the course of the next five years.

Snipes and Miller will be sharing about this process at the National Conference where more than 1,600 downtown revitalization professionals are expected to attend from across the nation.
“It is quite an honor to be selected, and we are excited to share our ideas from Mississippi with attendees from all over and be able to learn from them as well," said Brantley Snipes, Director of Main Street Greenwood.