Charleston hosts Main Street/ON TRAC training workshops

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Charleston hosts Main Street/ON TRAC training workshops

June 24-25 conference open to member and nonmember communities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Community organizers will gather in Charleston to learn about the latest in best practices, crowdsource funding for nonprofits and other revitalization resources during the spring 2013 West Virginia Main Street/ON TRAC "Four Points in the Capital City" training conference, June 24 – 25.

The Four Points in the Capital City conference is hosted by Charleston East End Main Street and Charleston West Side Main Street. For information on registration and the conference agenda, visit

The conference fee is $55 for Main Street West Virginia and ON TRAC members; $65 for nonmembers.

On Monday, June 24, the East End sessions begin at 9 a.m., Charleston Woman’s Club, 1600 Virginia Street. Highlights of the day’s topics include best management and administrative practices, grass roots fundraising through crowdsourcing and mastering event marketing. The evening includes optional East End history, culinary or trolley tours.

On Tuesday, June 25, the West Side sessions get underway at 8:30 a.m., Kanawha Charleston Housing, 1809 Washington Street, West. Highlights include a presentation on how upcoming changes to federal healthcare may affect small businesses and community organizations; a bus tour of West Side districts and the farmers market; training on state requirements for a nonprofit designation; and a case study of the Downtown Pittsburgh’s innovative approach to retail recruitment and occupying vacant storefronts.

Main Street West Virginia is a program of the West Virginia Development Office. It focuses on economic development of historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts by providing technical services, design assistance and continuous training of board and committee members and program managers using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®. Main Street West Virginia provides a liaison between various state agencies and organizations with the designated communities.

ON TRAC was created by Main Street West Virginia to help communities boost economic growth with evaluation, education and networking resources. After participating in the ON TRAC program for two years, communities are eligible to apply for Main Street designation.

Currently there are 12 accredited Main Street Communities and 18 ON TRAC Communities in West Virginia. 

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Contact: Nikki Williams, 304-957-2028