RevitalizeWA 2011
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Please plan to join us for the upcoming RevitalizeWA Conference, May 11-13, 2011 in beautiful Walla Walla, one of our Certified Main Street communities. This year the Washington Trust is joining forces with the Washington State Main Street Program to present a new preservation and revitalization conference. We are excited to be able to offer expanded education and training opportunities for both those involved in Main Street and the larger preservation community.


Hurry! Conference registration for RevitalizeWA ends Thursday May 5th!

Additional conference information:

Winemaker's Dinner Menu

The Washington Trust is excited to feature Olive Catering and Sleight of Hand Cellars as a closing conference event. Don't forget to include a ticket to this wonderful event in your conference registration! Click here to see the dinner menu and wine list!

Conference Tour Descriptions

Along with the general conference registration, don't forget to register for one of our fabulous conference tours!  Options include a heritage barns bus tour, a public art walking tour, an adaptive use walking tour, a wine production walking tour, a Fort Walla Walla & the Veteran’s Administration Campus trolley tour, or a self-guided bike tour.  See the full descriptions here!

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Want to know what RevitalizeWA has to offer? Check out the preliminary converence schedule online or click here to download a PDF!

Keynote Speaker: Becky McCray

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Becky McCray as our keynote speaker for RevitalizeWA!

Becky McCrayBecky says that small businesses and small towns matter. She is a small town business owner, with a retail store and a cattle ranch in Woods County, Oklahoma. Through her consulting firm she helps small town governments, and promotes entrepreneurship and tourism in small towns. Together with Sheila Scarborough, she co-founded Tourism Currents to teach tourism professionals new ways of marketing their destination.

Becky is a small town business owner with a retail store, a cattle ranch, and a consulting business. She doesn’t just talk about business, entrepreneurship, tourism and rural issues; she lives them. Including the 140 Conference in London and the International Economic Development Council Conference, Becky has spoken at around 100 events, with audiences ranging from 10 to 500.

Becky has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She publishes the popular website, Small Biz Survival, on small town small business, and she is the author of 20 Small Business Ideas for Small Towns, and Shop Local Campaigns for Small Towns. All of this from her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of fewer than 30 people.

Becky will be speaking Thursday morning, May 12th at our Opening Plenary – don’t miss it!

Donate an auction item to support the Washington State Main Street Program!

We will be holding a silent auction at RevitalizeWA and all proceeds will go toward the Washington State Main Street Program!  Have an item you'd like to dontate?  Let us know by downloading and submitting an auction donation form!

Excellence On Main: Washington State Main Street Program Awards

Help us celebrate achievements in preservation and revitalization in Washington’s Statewide Main Street Network!  Nominate your downtown project for an Excellence on Main Award.  The awards are open to communities affiliated with the Washington State Main Street Network, including Designated Communities, Start up Level Communities and Downtown Affiliates. 

For more information, download the nomination form!

RevitalizeWA Sponsorship

We invite you to partner with us in our efforts to revitalize Washington State’s historic downtowns by becoming a conference sponsor! Sponsorship of this regional event is an excellent way to showcase your business or organization to a target audience. Conference attendees will include: Washington’s Main Street communities, small business owners, chambers of commerce, “buy/shop local” advocates, preservationists, city and regional planners, elected officials, developers, contractors, craftsmen, community and economic development specialists, educators, students, architects, landscape architects and the community at large.

Click to see our sponsorship opportunities and download a sponsorship registration form!

Please note: logos must be received by April 1 in order to be included on the conference invitation and subsequent materials.

Questions? Feel free to contact Kelly Hufty, Membership & Events Coordinator or Sarah Hansen, Washington State’s Main Street Program Coordinator.

The Washington Trust would like to thank the the following orgainzations for their conference sponsorship!

Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

Banner Bank, Walla Walla

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Walla Walla

Artifacts Architectural Consulting, Tacoma

D & R Masonry Restoration, Portland, OR

Clark Design Group, Seattle
Tourism Walla Walla, Walla Walla

SHKS Architects, Seattle

Swenson Say Fagét, Seattle & Tacoma

Pioneer Masonry Restoration Company, Seattle   The McGregor Company

Walla Walla Foundry, Walla Walla

BLRB Architects

Site Story, Seattle Washington State
Department of Commerce
RAFN Company, Belluvue
Baker Boyer Bank,
Walla Walla
Northwest Anthropology, Richland Vern Studer Agency,
Walla Walla
  McDonald Zaring Insurance  

Skagit Architectural Millwork,
Mount Vernon
Arciform    Willow Art Gallery, Walla Walla Sheridan Consulting Group

And, a special thank you to
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Washington
for providing student and young preservationist scholarship funding!

RevitalizeWA Accommodations

The conference room block reserved at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is FULL!

Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
6 West Rose Street
Walla Walla, WA 99326

There are still some rooms available in Walla Walla, but move quickly because they're going fast!  For alternate lodging options, contact Tourism Walla Walla or the hotels directly:

Best Western Walla Walla Suites Inn
7 East Oak
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 525-4700

Comfort Inn & Suites
1419 Pine Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 522-3500

Holiday Inn Express
1433 West Pine
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 525-6200

 Cancellation & Refund Policy

Registration refunds will be made for written cancellations received up to April 15, 2010, less a $25.00 processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be made although registration is transferable upon written request.

Stay tuned for more information!