Kentucky Heritage Council
Tickets still available for ‘Walkable City’ author Jeff Speck presentations Jan. 16-17 in Frankfort

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 13, 2014  
Revision Date:  Monday, January 13, 2014 
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Tickets are still available for an upcoming lecture and workshop with Jeff Speck, author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.”

Jeff SpeckSpeck’s lecture will be the keynote presentation during the 2014 Kentucky Main Street Program annual winter conference at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St., in downtown Frankfort. He will also present a workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the auditorium of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet building, 200 Mero St., Frankfort.

Speck is a city planner who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design, perhaps best known as co-author of the landmark bestseller “Suburban Nation.” As the former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, where he worked with dozens of American mayors on their most pressing city planning challenges. He leads a design practice based in Washington, D.C.

“This is Jeff’s first visit to Kentucky since 2001, so it is a rare opportunity to get to meet, hear and work with someone who is so well known and well respected as an advocate for smart community planning and design, all focused on walkability,” said Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer. “He makes the case that public health, sustainability, and even the lagging economy can be improved by making cities more friendly for pedestrians.

“Speaking as someone who lives downtown and walks to work, I can say this message personally resonates with me, as I think it will with anyone who is interested in improving the life and health of his or her community.”

General admission tickets for these events are $10 for the lecture, and $25 for the workshop. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance online at the Harrodsburg First website,

The Kentucky Main Street Program annual meeting begins Wednesday and continues through Friday with the theme “Creating Life on City Streets: Walkability.” The conference is the premiere event of the Kentucky Preservation Series, presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with Preservation Kentucky.

The public is invited to attend this conference and join local Main Street managers, board members, elected officials and others to learn about current issues in community revitalization. Topics will appeal to anyone interested in community strategies to preserve and utilize historic downtown buildings, capitalize on authentic assets, promote heritage tourism and create positive energy that attracts residents and visitors.

Full conference registration is $100 per person and includes educational sessions, Speck’s lecture and workshop, and a reception hosted by Preservation Kentucky. Single-day registration Jan. 15 or 16 is $35. More information and a complete conference schedule are available at

Training credits for local officials are available through the Kentucky League of Cities / City Officials Training Center on an hour-for-hour basis, and also through the County Elected Officials Training Incentive Program offered by the Department for Local Government, which has approved up to 14 training hours. Credits are also available through the American Planning Association, Kentucky Chapter.

Administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Main Street Program is presenting the conference in partnership with the nonprofit organization Friends of Kentucky Main Street. Speck’s visit to Kentucky is sponsored through the support of KHC board member Nana Lampton. For more about Speck’s work, visit