Inspire • Equip • Restore

Developing Thriving Downtown Communities

About Ron Drake

Ron Drake is an innovator, connector and thought leader in the field of community redevelopment. His visionary style has impacted numerous communities across the nation and resulted in over $100 million in public and private investment. His Practical Preservation Approach© makes sense, both in concept and economics, laying the foundation to prove that restoration is possible in any downtown.

Consulting services include the 3-Day Community Analysis, Vision Session Facilitation, Downtown Residential Review, Main Street Organization/Board Audit and Keynote Speaker Services. Custom proposals available upon request.

Ron Drake will…

Ron will make you believe in yourself, and your ability to make lasting, transformative change in your downtown. He believes that restoration is possible, and you will too.

Identify both the strengths and challenges, providing real world solutions to put your downtown on the path to restoration.

Empower your community to restore the heart of your downtown, one building at a time through practical planning, stakeholder engagement and transformation strategies.

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Ron Drake is all about improving the quality of life in small town America. Through his different companies he bought and sold over 45 homes, specializing in historic neighborhoods. Subsequently, Ron made the shift to the core downtown and restored 17 historic buildings, revitalizing over 75,000 square feet of downtown space and helped turn the unlively downtown of Siloam Springs, Arkansas into a vibrant cultural center, and was instrumental in their listing as Number 14 in Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Small Towns in America. In 2014, Parade Magazine listed Siloam Springs as the Fourth Best Main Street in America.

Main Street Arkansas awarded Ron the Main Street Hero award, an extremely high honor. Other accolades include: Best Renovation Project for 28 Springs Restaurant in Siloam Springs; Outstanding Personal Project for the restoration of the Connelly-Harrington House; Chamber Business of the Year; Main Street Volunteer of the Year; and a past honoree of the 40 Under 40 by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Ron’s projects are visible in multiple news, TV and magazine stories, sharing his practical approach to preservation. Oklahoma Main Street has nominated his projects as the best in the state on multiple projects, including runner up as Oklahoma Main Street Hero, and winner of Best Adaptive Reuse for the Park on the Square in Downtown Okmulgee.

Ron shares his story in his book, Flip this Town- Preservation Made Practical on Main Street USA, giving inspiration to small towns all across America. Ron speaks, teaches and consults all across the country about how infusing lives into a downtown core attracts new life to a community, focusing on the overall quality of life. Teaching through his own experiences to inspire, equip and restore, Ron is uniquely qualified to guide any organization through the process of accomplishing their vision of having a vital, thriving downtown.

Although Ron works in many communities, after only two years consulting small town Okmulgee, OK, there is an anticipated investment of over $20 million downtown, and more than 20 building restorations. Huge for a struggling community of just over 12,000 people. Over 150 lives soon to be infused into downtown through a student housing initiative with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, and many new restaurants and stores are following. Ron says, “The best way to bring life downtown is to bring lives downtown,” and this progress is further proof of Ron’s belief that community restoration can happen in any town, as long as the right connections are made... and Ron Drake makes those connections.