Brown to speak at the inaugural Iowa Summit

BURLINGTON – The Preserve Iowa Summit will be held Aug. 22 through 24 in Burlington. Preservation and historic commercial district development experts from Iowa and across the United States will share best practices and offer valuable insight, advice and training on topics ranging from preservation and placemaking to partnerships and planning, according to organizers.

Deb Brown, executive director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce will speak on using both online and offline marketing tools to promote a business, site or location.

The Preserve Iowa Summit, which will take the place of the Iowa Downtown Summit, Statewide Historic Preservation Conference and Preservation Awards Dinner, will be the only statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in preservation and historic commercial district revitalization in Iowa.

The conference provides opportunities for attendees to make new connections, hear about the latest trends, acquire practical information and ideas, and learn strategies that are relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban communities and urban districts. Attending the Preserve Iowa Summit will help enhance local efforts to address preservation issues, historic commercial district vibrancy and competitiveness.

“I’m excited to be one of the speakers at this first summit. The line up is pretty spectacular, and I’m honored to be included. I’ll share some of the things we are doing in Webster City and create even more excitement for people to visit our great town,” said Brown.

Organizers said summit attendees will learn how historic preservation can help communities discover, retain and enhance its sense of place with general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions and tours that will be held throughout the event. Featured speakers will include Rudy Christian, President of Christian & Son, Inc.; Norma Ramirez de Miess, Senior Main Street Program Officer with the National Main Street Center; and nationally-recognized public artist and teacher, David B. Dahlquist.

The conference will also include an exhibit hall and several opportunities to network with others who recognize the importance of downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Honors for “Preservation at its Best” and “Preservation Projects of Merit” will be presented at an awards dinner on Friday night, and success stories from Preservation Iowa, Main Street Iowa and Iowa’s Certified Local Governments will be featured at the closing session on Saturday.

The Summit is a coordinated effort of the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation Iowa. The Preserve Iowa Summit is funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, sponsored by Neighborworks America, Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Black Hills Energy, Federal Home Loan Bank, Iowa Farm Bureau, Heritage Trust, Two Rivers Bank & Trust and Grinnell Private Investment Co LLC; and presented with thanks to AIA IA.