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Virginia Main Street Program to Visit Franklin 9 27 9 28
Virginia Main Street Program to Visit Franklin 9 27 9 28
Three Sessions Presented by Todd Barman

On Tuesday & Wednesday September 27th & 28th Downtown Franklin business and property owners have a great opportunity awarded to them by Virginia Main Street program. Todd Barman, National Trust Main Street, specializing in Economic Restructuring, will be visiting and presenting three sessions:

Session #1 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Informal Q&A to provide information to facilitate an informal visionary market position for Downtown Franklin Business district.


Simply Divine at Parkers

102 N. Main Street

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Session #2 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 2:30 PM-5:30 PM

Downtown clustering/leasing work session to further gather information relative to developing market position statement; ER (Economic Restructuring) plan and downtown development plan.


Franklin Depot/Visitor Center/DFA Office

Session # 3 - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Presentation of findings with an opportunity for feedback on initial observations and recommendations for next steps regarding ER work plan and downtown development plan.


The Gray Fox Restaurant

401 N. Main Street

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About Todd Barman:

Todd Barman is a program officer with more than 18 years of experience in the development field and more than 13 years first-hand Main Street experience. With a background in landscape design and urban planning, Barman served as the assistant state coordinator for the Wisconsin Main Street Program from 1999 until 2006, where he provided comprehensive technical assistance in the field of downtown revitalization to Wisconsin’s Main Street communities. He has continued that role nationally since 2006. He is a leader in the area of economic restructuring including research and applications in the area of entrepreneurship and market position. Barman coordinated the market analysis technical support service in Wisconsin and led efforts to develop the nationally-recognized Downtown and Business District Market Analysis Toolbox.

Attached is the final report that Todd prepared for AltaVista, VA after his visit. They were extremely pleased with the program and its results and have actively been utilizing his recommendations with positive results.

To view this report please click here.


If you are interested in attending one of Todd's interactive & information gathering- work sessions, please contact the DFA office at (757) 562-6900 or call Dan Howe on his cell (757) 647-4833 for questions, interests, or more details no later than Thursday, September 22nd.





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