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Change Your Downtown Development Thinking with Roger Brooks

  • Blackstone Valley Visitor Center 175 Main Street Pawtucket, RI 02860 USA (map)

Join us to hear Roger’s findings and be a part of the conversation!

Friday, May 10th

8:00 - 9:00 AM Coffee Reception & Networking

9:00 - 10:15 AM Presentation and Q & A

10:15 - 10:30 AM  Break

10:30 - 11:45 AM  Workshop with Roger

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
(parking & entrance around back off of Roosevelt Avenue)

Since 1981, Roger has assisted more than 2,000 communities with their downtown development, place-branding, tourism, and marketing efforts, and he is now one of the most widely recognized and frequently quoted experts in his field - a field that includes every element that makes a city, town or state a better place to live, work, and visit. 


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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Roger Brooks initially worked in the concert industry, managing tours for inter- national recording artists such as the Bee Gees, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and others. 

After working in the music industry, he was recruited to help turn around, develop, and market several destination resorts, including Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Whistler Resort in British Columbia; Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon, and several others. During this period, he recruited nearly $3 billion in new development projects, helping elevate the resorts to world-class status. 

When Roger was asked to “redevelop” and “reposition” a popular, but struggling, Pacific Ocean destination town in Washington State, he discovered the depth of his passion for helping communities. His goal was to help the town become a top destination of choice for investment, for business growth and expansion, as an outstanding place to live, and as a premier visitor destination. He recruited nearly $400 million in new development, rebranded the community, and created an award-winning marketing program that elevated the city from a rank of 47th in the state in terms of lodging revenues to 11th, in just three years, while seeing a new home start every four days for nearly a decade. During this process he became the master at recruiting and developing the right mix of “product” through creative finance and planning expertise, facilitating the economic and social success of the community. 

As a Certified Speaking Professional, Roger’s inspiring and motivating speaking engagements ignite audiences around the world. His dynamic presentations have made him the top-rated keynote speaker and thought-leader in North America on the topics of community development, branding, marketing, downtown revitalization, and tourism. He combines humorous video clips, fascinating stories, and real-life examples to show his audiences how they can achieve great things in their communities.