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Posted on: September 14, 2011

Kansas Downtown Symposium set for Oct. 12-14 in Independence

The Kansas Downtown Symposium will be held Oct. 12-14 in Independence. The event features information and success stories about the Kansas Main Street program, which provides management training, consultation visits, local program evaluation, design assistance and other services to communities looking to undertake economic development projects.

WHAT: Kansas Downtown Symposium, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Main Street program, Independence Main Street Inc., the City of Independence and the Independence Convention and Visitors Bureau.

WHEN/WHERE: Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12; 8 a.m. Oct. 13; and 9 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Independence Memorial Hall, 410 N. Penn Ave., Independence, Kan. 67301.

EVENT AGENDA: The Oct. 12 agenda features a bus tour of southeast Kansas Main Street districts and a visit to Bartlesville, Okla. The Oct. 13 schedule includes a series of speakers and breakout sessions focusing on different aspects of downtown revitalization efforts and best practices. The evening ends with an awards dinner recognizing exceptional Main Street efforts. The final day’s itinerary features a session on developing young entrepreneurs. A complete agenda with speaker information is available at

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Full conference registration is $145 and includes all educational sessions, handouts, breaks and the awards dinner. One-day registration is $70 and includes that day’s educational sessions and breaks only. Meals and special events can be added at additional cost. Deadline to register is Sept. 30. No refunds will be given after that date. To register online, go to

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Rooms are available through the AppleTree Inn, 201 N. 8th Street, Independence, Kan. 67301, for a special rate of $79 per night through Sept. 30. Call (888) 722-2525 to make reservations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact Mary Helmer, Kansas Department of Commerce, (785) 296-3485 or

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