2019 North Dakota Downtown Conference

hosted by the williston downtowners association

The Williston Downtowners Association is thrilled to be hosting this years North Dakota Downtown Conference! Amazing keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, debates, and more! Get your tickets and we’ll see you in Williston’s downtown August 28 & 29! Learn useful information to help you thrive in your downtown role, whether you work for a local government, downtown organization, downtown retail, or if you're just a downtown enthusiast. There will be breakout sessions on impacting policy, downtown retail and dining strategies, utilizing historic buildings in your downtown, and more relevant topics for you to engage with. Keynote speeches from four incredible speakers (listed below) will not only entertain, but inform. Not to mention some great food, and a chance to network and connect with other Downtown-minded people. We can't wait to see you in Downtown Williston!

Keynote Speakers

Doug Griffiths - Author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community

Marcus Westbury - Founder of Revive Newcastle & Revive Australia

Ed McMahon - Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development with the Urban Land Institute

Amanda Brinkman - Host & Executive Producer of the show Small Business Revolution


Tuesday, August 27th

8:00-9:00pm - Early Check In

Wednesday, August 28th

8:00-8:45am - Check In/Breakfast & Coffee (Old Armory)

8:45-9:15am - Opening Session (Old Armory)

9:15-10:30am - Keynote (Doug Griffiths) (Old Armory)

10:40-11:40am - Breakout Sessions

-Emily Brown - Downtown Quality of Life & Main Street Initiative (The Williston)

-Marcus Westbury - Working with Government to Affect Change (Grand Theater)

-Keith Olson - Community Partnership & Entrepreneurial Support Panel (Cooks on Main)

12:00-1:00pm - Lunch Pad

1:20-2:20pm - Keynote (Marcus Westbury) (Old Armory)

2:30-3:30pm - Debate (Old Armory)

3:40-4:40pm - Keynote (Ed McMahon) (Old Armory)

4:40-4:50pm - Close of Day 1

5:00-6:30pm - Social (Renaissance on Main Rooftop Terrace)

Thursday, August 29th

8:00-8:50am - Breakfast & Coffee (Old Armory)

9:00-9:15am - Day 2 Opening Session (Old Armory)

9:15-10:15am - Keynote (Amanda Brinkman) (Old Armory)

10:30-11:30am - Breakout Sessions

-Jessica Ackerman & Paul Breiner - Historical Restoration & the Value of History in Downtowns (James Memorial)

-Policy Roundtable (Renaissance on Main)

-Retail & Dining Panel - Social Media, Store Hours, etc. (Grand Theater)

12:00-2:00pm - Closing Lunch/Awards (The Williston)

3:00-5:00pm - Tours

-Behind the Scenes of an Event

-Downtown Walking Tour

-Williston Bus Tour

-Oil Worker Training Experience

5:00-9:00pm - Summer Nights on Main Event