What sets downtown apart from traditional economic development? Innovative, creative approaches to local investing, property redevelopment and new business models, entrenched in community values. Local leaders change communities and every community has local assets, talents and resources, just waiting to be tapped. The 2013 North Carolina Main Street Conference will feature fresh, new collaborative partnerships that are creating locally owned enterprises, cultural and entertainment venues, downtown housing and schools and a mix of activities. It's no longer downtown business as usual! Innovative ideas are attracting people, interest and investment, making communities more resilient and better positioned to endure tough economic times and expand markets and opportunities. Learn how your community can create innovative change for a sustainable future.