Thank you for making RevitalizeWA 2015 our biggest and best conference yet! 

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Educational Session Presentations

Wednesday, May 6
Pre-conference workshops (concurrent)
Naked Truth About Well Dressed Windows Part I & II
TOUR: Icons of Bellingham, Pre-Restoration
Thursday, May 7              
8:30am Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker Della Rucker
Session Block A
10:15am – 11:15am
1a. Maintaining Historic Buildings
2a. The Art of Activating Alleys
TOUR: Woodstock Farm (2 Hour Tour)
TOUR: Explore Fairhaven with Dirty Dan
Session Block B
11:30am – 12:30pm
1b. Kapow! - A Story of Unconventional Community Engagement
3b.  Community Enrichment Series – Design Review, Design Guidelines & Urban Infill
TOUR: Makers in the Alley: Historic Trades Revitalized
Session Block C
1:45pm – 2:45pm
2c. Building Support for Small Business
3c. Community Enrichment Series – Development & Tourism
TOUR: Holly Street History Tour
TOUR: Makers in the Alley: Historic Trades Revitalized
Session Block D
3:00pm – 4:00pm
1d. Preservation Family Feud!
2d. Every Dream is Welcome
TOUR: Arts District Hot Spot
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Sustainable Connections Presentation
6:00pm – 7:30pm            
Excellence On Main Awards Reception at Spark!
Friday, May 8
Session Block E
8:30am – 9:30am
1e. Maximizing Revitalization Tools through Heritage Capital Projects Funds
2e. Powerful Partnerships 2.0
Session Block F
9:45am – 10:45am
1f. Growing from Director to Nonprofit Executive
2f. CLG and Main Street: Planning for the Future of Downtown Preservation
3f. Rising from the Ashes: New Life for the Lynden Department Store
TOUR: Holly Street History Tour
Session Block G
11:00am – 12:00pm
1g. The Inside Story of How Your Store Works
TOUR: Explore Fairhaven with Dirty Dan

A huge thank you to our conference sponsors:

We are excited to announce that RevitalizeWA 2015 will be held in beautiful and historic downtown

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership, along with many other local partners, has already put together a fantastic conference outline that includes conference sessions and events at the historic Mount Baker Theatre and the Aslan Brewing Company; locally sourced food, coffee, and libations; wonderful downtown tours; and a variety of hotel and local transportation options for conference attendees.

Conference Information

Pre-Conference Workshops: Wednesday, May 6
at the Mount Baker Theatre
Affinity Event: Washington Trust's This Place Matters Reception: Wednesday, May 6 at Aslan Brewing Company Excellence on Main Awards Reception: Thursday, May 7
at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Sessions & Tours:
Thursday and Friday,
May 7 and 8
at the Mount Baker Theatre
Want more details about RevitalizeWA 2015? Download the Preliminary Conference Agenda!

Registration is Open

Conference registration is now open through Eventbrite. Register today, and if you are a Main Street Network participant, contact us about discounts!

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Keynote speaker: Della Rucker

We are delighted that the amazing Della Rucker, author of The Local Economy Revolution and Why This Work Matters, will be the 2015 RevitalizeWA keynote speaker. Della is the brains and humor behind the Wise Economy Workshop, which has a simple purpose: to help local governments and community organizations make better decisions about their future. Through focused data, meaningful participation and the wisdom and bravery to institute change Della believes we can constructively plan for our economic revitalization.

Della has provided consulting services for local governments, nonprofits and property owners for about 20 years. She specializes in two areas: planning for economic revitalization, and constructive public engagement. Della has authored two books: The Local Economy Revolution and Why This Work Matters, which shares beautiful, poignant and funny reflections from 11 in-the-trenches community professionals working in community revitalization.

Della has worked in both capacities in about half of the U.S., in environments ranging from the very urban to the very rural. She has managed development of fiscal impact models, led contentious public meetings, pushed committees through hard choices and listened to the fears and frustrations of hundreds of public servants and dedicated advocates. She has also written and/or managed production of pretty much everything from comprehensive plans to heritage tourism brochures.

Della is one of only about 10 private sector persons in the United States to hold the industry-standard professional certifications in both planning (AICP) and economic development (CEcD). Which, she says, “means that her sanity has some question marks around it.” Della is currently the Managing Editor of EngagingCities, an online magazine that focuses on the intersection between internet technologies and community engagement. She is also a regular contributor to PlannersWeb, the former Planning Commissioner’s Journal.


Thank you to all our generous sponsors who make RevitalizeWA possible!

We could not do what we do without the amazing support of our sponsors. Sponsorship of this regional event is an excellent way to showcase your business to a large, target audience.

Download our annual prospectus and see all the sponsorship opportunities we have available throughout the year. RevitalizeWA is one of many events through which sponsorship benefits are available, so choose one, or choose many!



We have several room blocks from which to choose. There is no hotel in downtown Bellingham, but these are all very close.

Lakeway Inn & Convention Center
714 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98229
Group name: RevitalizeWA
BOOK BY: April 15

Single $109
Double $119
GuestHouse Inn
805 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98229
Group name: Revitalize Bellingham
BOOK BY: April 15

All rooms $68

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
804 10th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Group name: Main
BOOK BY: April 15

Full View Double or King $176.01
Side View Double or King $164.94

Fairhaven Village Inn
1200 10th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Group name: RevitalizeWA Conference
BOOK BY: April 15

Park side King or QQ $149
Harbor side King or QQ $189

*These two hotels are further away from downtown.
Comfort Inn
4282 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Group name: RevitalizeWA

All rooms $83
Holiday Inn Express
4160 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Group name: RevitalizeWA
BOOK BY: April 15

All rooms $83    

Excellence on Main Awards

Help us celebrate achievements in preservation and revitalization in Washington’s 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.

For a more complete description of the categories and award requirements/eligibility, please download the Excellence on Main Award Nomination Packet. The awards will be announced May 7, 2015 at the Excellence on Main Awards Reception, and are available in the following categories:
  • Organizational Excellence
  • Community Partnership
  • Outstanding Promotional Event
  • Visual Impact
  • Green Community
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Economic Vitality
  • Outstanding Special Project
  • Excellence on Main Award
Please return the submission form electronically no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Silent Auction

Interested in donating to our silent auction? Support the Main Street Program by donating an item, service or discount that we will auction off during RevitalizeWA. Download the donation form and return it to Kristen Howard, our Assistant Main Street Coordinator.