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Filling Vacancies and Building Stronger Partnerships Post-Covid 19

November 18, 2020 from NOON to 1:30pm Central Time

Since they literally own downtown, property owners should be strong advocates for your downtown revitalization program. While many property owners work to fill the buildings and maintain their rental spaces,. every community has a few property owners that for a variety of reasons show little to no interest in improving their buildings or attracting tenants that will improve downtown’s business mix. During this webinar, we will explore how downtown organizations can develop a stronger relationship with property owners that will translate into greater building improvements, improved tenant mix and stronger financial support.

"This is a great session if your organization is struggling to connect with key property owners or deal with long standing vacancies.”

“Vacant or underutilized buildings cost everyone money."

"This session will help volunteers understand how they can work with property owners and realtors to find new uses for key vacancies.”


Hilary Greenberg, Greenberg Development Services

Hilary Greenberg is the founder of Greenberg Development Services; a thirty-year North Carolina based planning and economic development consulting firm. Ms. Greenberg is nationally recognized for her economic development training programs and has worked with over two hundred communities across the country including a number of communities in South Dakota, Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana. Ms. Greenberg is a frequent speaker at national and state downtown conferences focusing in the areas of business recruitment, redevelopment and business assistance. In addition to working with state and local downtown organizations, Ms. Greenberg is a regular instructor for the MSA’s Institute providing training in the area of economic development. Ms. Greenberg began her career as a planner for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan and was a Main Street Director in one of the first programs in the country. Recent speaking engagements include:

·         2020 MSA Institute- EV webinar series

·         2020 NC Downtown Conference

·         2020 SC Main Street Managers Training

·         2019 VA Downtown Intersection Conference

·         2019 Louisiana/Arkansas Downtown Conference

·         2019 Alabama Main Street Managers Training

·         2019 National Main Street Conference

·         2019 Iowa Downtown Conference


This project or activity was supported by funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, CFDA Number 21.019.