Main Street Oakland County and Main Street Franklin present historic preservation workshop in May

Main Street Oakland County is sponsoring a day-long workshop to explore new trends in historic preservation, how historic preservation can be used as an economic development tool and how to integrate green infrastructure into historic downtowns.

The workshop, entitled ā€œPreservation in the 21st Century,ā€ is set for May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Franklin Community Church, 26425 Wellington Road in Franklin. The goal is to help community leaders, volunteers and preservationists understand how historic downtowns can become the inspiration for the future.Ā 

Registration for Franklin residents and students is $35. Non-residents are $50. Lunch and snacks are provided. Those interested can register online atĀ Msf21cPreservation.eventbrite.comĀ or pay by check at the workshop.Ā 

Speakers include Kelly Larson of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Mike Jackson of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Nick Kalogeresis of The Lakota Group, and Patrick Judd of the Conservation Design Forum. For a full description, seeĀ www.mainstreetfranklinmi.com/21st-century-preservation.

For more information, call 248-505-6923 or emailĀ Vivian@MainStreetFranklinMI.com. Main Street Franklin is co-sponsor of the event.Ā 

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) is a unique economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on ā€œsense of placeā€ that was created in 2000 by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The 17 unique MSOC communities have established 773 new businesses, created more than 7,600 new jobs and generated more than $632 million in economic investment. The nationā€™s first county-wide Main StreetĀ® program, MSOC helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities. Learn more atĀ MainStreetOaklandCounty.com.