2017 Texas Downtown Conference

The 2017 Texas Downtown Conference will be held November 7-10 in beautiful McKinney.

Since 1986 we have partnered with the Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission to present this opportunity for educational sessions, networking opportunities with downtown professionals, and field sessions that allow you to explore and learn about an amazing, historic downtown.  The conference is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Ian Lockwood, Toole Design Group
We're thrilled to welcome Ian Lockwood of Toole Design Group as our opening keynote speaker. Ian's session will focus on strategies for turning vision into reality, designing for walkability, attracting people to your downtown, and measures of effectiveness.

Daron K. Roberts
Our closing session features Daron K. Roberts, an inspirational speaker with a powerful message.  In this riveting talk, Daron will share the leadership lessons that he has learned as a fifth generation Texan, NFL coach and university professor. Daron is a former NFL coach and author.  

2017 Conference Presentations

Great Main Street Adventures by Shelly Hargrove + Shanta Kunl - download PDF

The Importance of Parking Planning by Jaime Snyder, CAPP - download PDF

Simple Solutions for Irritating Issues by Sarah Obrien + Anita Brown - download PDF


View the 2017 conference start and opening key note by Ian Lockwood.

2017 Conference Schedule

The current schedule is online here.

Conference Location & Host Hotel

All conference activites will be held at the Sheraton McKinney.

Sheraton McKinney
1900 Gateway Boulevard
McKinney, TX  75070

The conference room block is sold out.  Please contact the TDA office for additional info.

Cancellations, Refunds & Transfers

Cancellations will only be considered when received by email.  You may receive a full refund for your conference registration (less a $25 processing fee) for written cancellations received by TDA on or before October 6, 2017.  You may receive a 50% refund for written cancellations received October 7, 2014 through October 20, 2017. After October 20 refunds will be handled on a case by case basis.

All requests for cancellations, refunds, and transfers should be emailed to info@texasdowntown.org.

Registrants who do not show up for the conference and do not contact TDA (via written correspondence as listed above) prior to the end of the show automatically forfeit all registration fees paid unless your inability to contact us was due to a verifiable emergency medical issue that occurred within 1 one week prior to the start of the conference. In this instance the deadline to receive your request for a partial refund is November 15, 2017. Regretfully, no considerations can be made after this date.

If you are unable to attend for any reason, you can transfer your registration to another person without penalty. Simply email a copy of your confirmation letter and state your request along with a completed registration information for the person replacing you to info@texasdowntown.org