Montana Downtown and Main Street Conference

Wednesday, October 18

If you are coming to town early be sure to register for the Great Falls Development Alliance’s “Invest Downtown”.  At this hybrid event learn what made our most popular downtown businesses succeed; hear about new development opportunities; and explore the vision for the future of Downtown Great Falls. Registration is separate from the Conference. Register Here for Invest Downtown.

11:30am Check-in/Lunch at The Newberry- 420 Central 

1:00pm  Welcome and Opening Session

2:00pm  Walking Tour
       ➻ Paint the Town – Mural Tour
       ➻ Revitalization Projects

3:30-4:30 Hotel check-in opportunity

4:30pm  Opening reception with appetizers at the Newberry

5:30pm  Jeff Siegler Keynote


Thursday, October 19

8:00am  Breakfast at the Newberry

8:30am  Housing our Communities 

10:00am   Walking Tour
         ➻ Paint the Town – Mural Tour
         ➻ Revitalization Projects
➻ Baatz Block groundbreaking/ building tours

11:30 – 1:00pm Lunch and downtown shopping

1:00 – 3:30pm Breakout Sessions (45 min rotations)

        ➻ Your Tools for Downtown Revitalization 

        ➻ Repurposing Downtown Spaces  

        ➻ Homegrown Downtown Business Success 

4:00pm  Progressive Happy Hour

Visit several of our newest renovation projects, enjoy appetizers, drinks and great conversation.


Friday, October 20 

8:30am  Breakfast 

9:00am  Breakout sessions 

                ➻ UDSA RD – CORE program  Tash Wisemiller 

               ➻ “Let’s Talk About It” Table Topic Discussions

➻  Main Street Transformation Strategies conversation

11:00am  Wrap up and Thank You 

The Montana Main Street and Downtown Conference is just around the corner, and it’s all set to kick off with a bang on Wednesday, October 18th, at noon in Great Falls Montana. We invite you to join us at the Newberry, Great Falls’ newest and most exciting event venue, where you can easily complete your conference registration and check-in, setting the stage for what promises to be an engaging and insightful event.

Our conference has been meticulously planned to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. Throughout the event, you can look forward to action-packed days filled with opportunities for growth, networking, and exploring Downtown Great Falls. We have lined up exceptional keynote speakers who will share their expertise and insights, leaving you inspired and motivated. Additionally, we have thought-provoking workshops that will delve into the latest trends and strategies in community development.

One of the highlights of our conference is the chance to explore the vibrant heart of Great Falls through guided tours of Downtown. These tours will provide you with a unique perspective on the city’s development and showcase the incredible work being done to revitalize our communities. Whether you’re a seasoned professional in downtown revitalization or just starting in the field, these tours will provide valuable insights and ideas.

Our detailed schedule of events, posted below, will give you a glimpse of the enriching activities and sessions we have planned for you. Get ready to feel empowered, inspired, and well-prepared to continue the great work we all do for our communities. Together, we’ll explore innovative solutions, share success stories, and strengthen our commitment to creating vibrant and thriving downtowns. This conference promises to be a rewarding experience, and we can’t wait to welcome you.

The following room blocks are available, please mention the “MT Downtown and Main Street Conference”:

Hotel Arvon – $129/night standard, $139/night suite – 406-952-1101 – The Hotel Arvon

O’Haire Inn – $104.60 (includes tax) for one queen bed and $126.20 (includes tax) for a room with two full size beds.  – 406-454-2141 – The O’Haire Inn block ends Sept 18, 2023

The Gibson – $250/night – 406-604-0430 – The Gibson Hotel – Room block expires 2 weeks prior to conference date.

The Staybridge Suites – 12% off Best Flexible rates, slightly outside of downtown- 406-761-4903 – The Staybridge Suites

Thank you to our sponsors