Vancouver set to host revitalization conference

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Vancouver is gearing up to host a statewide conference this month aimed at helping towns and cities throughout Washington create vibrant and economically healthy downtowns. Called RevitalizeWA 2013, the three-day event is put on by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and will take place May 15-17 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Tickets are $155 for individuals and $130 per person for groups of five who wish to attend.

The conference is expected to draw delegates from organizations throughout the state, including numerous downtown associations, chambers of commerce and Washington's Main Street Network. Conference workshops will showcase Vancouver's movement toward historic revitalization with a tour and workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., and at the Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row.

Keynote speaker Charles Marohn, executive director of Minnesota Strong Towns, also will talk about his nonprofit's model for financial growth in America's downtown cores.