Baltimore selected to hold national Main Sts. conference

2012 meeting expected to draw 1,500 attendees

March 17, 2011|By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore has been selected as the host of the 2012 National Main Streets Conference, a four-day event that will allow participants to share information about economic development, community revitalization and historic preservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Thursday that the conference will be held in Baltimore from April 1-4, 2012. The meeting at the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel is expected to draw 1,500 attendees and generate $1.3 million in economic activity, according to Visit Baltimore, the city's convention and tourism agency.

This is the second time that Baltimore has been selected to hold the event, which draws attendees from around the country. Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust, called Baltimore a city that "has magnificently leveraged over 200 years of heritage."

Baltimore's Main Streets program, now in its 10th year, promotes and assists businesses in 10 commercial corridors throughout the city.

Ed.gunts@baltsun.com

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