SOUTH BEND - The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will host the inaugural Great Lakes Main Street Conference from August 18-20 in downtown South Bend. The conference will offer networking for leaders in downtown and historic commercial district revitalization from all over the Great Lakes and asset-based strategies to community and economic development.

Multi-track sessions will focus on sustainability, economic vitality and cultivating quality places. Local tours and networking opportunities will also be featured.

“The conference will explore techniques and practices for downtown revitalization and economic development in our communities,” said Jodi Golden, executive director of OCRA. “Communities will hear success stories, best practices and innovations from experts from the field focusing on the National Main Street model. We are thrilled to offer an opportunity for our Midwest Main Street partners who may not have the ability to attend the national conference.”