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Baltimore gets chance to show its stuff

Baltimore officials will have the opportunity to show off local landmarks such as Fells Point and the U.S.S. Constellation when the city hosts the 2012 National Main Streets Conference, the National Trust Main Street Center announced Thursday.

The four-day economic development and historic preservation forum will begin on April 1, 2012. The National Main Streets Conference allows representatives from U.S. cities to meet and share ideas and best practices for large and small community revitalization projects aimed at rejuvenating historic areas in cities and suburban counties.

“Baltimore is a city that has magnificently leveraged over two hundred years of heritage to enrich the visitor and resident experiences,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a statement.

The city has been awarded federal grants to establish Main Streets in commercial districts throughout neighborhoods such as Lauraville, Hamilton, Waverly and Historic Fells Point. The national Main Street program is in its 10th year.

“The Baltimore Main Streets Team is excited to welcome our colleagues back to Baltimore,” said Donna Langley, director of Baltimore Main Streets, in a statement.  “Our selection as the host city is indeed an honor and indicates the tremendous growth and success experienced by our Main Street neighborhoods.”