Distilleries Drive Tourism and Renovation in Unlikely Downtown Locations

February 16, 2018 — Tasting rooms and events featuring local wineries and craft breweries have proved popular downtown. Now cities are finding distilleries are equally suited to the city center. The February issue of Downtown Idea Exchange newsletter highlights three distilleries that are contributing to historic preservation and attracting visitors and locals alike. In one example, the…To read more — login/sign up

 

February 2018

Planning, investment, and incentives help fill housing gap —  The city of Wausau, WI, is developing about 16 acres of waterfront after a lengthy public input and planning process. See a PowerPoint presentation on the East Riverfront Redevelopment Area. Read an application for Live It Up Wausau, which provides home purchase down payment assistance to employees who will work in the area. ...

Welcoming seniors and encore businesses downtown —  A growing number of ‘encore entrepreneurs’ are seeking to launch income-generating ventures that make a positive difference in their communities,” says a recent report from Encore.org.  Read the Encore Entrepreneurship and the Built Environment’s Executive Summary. ...

Tax breaks for development on vacant lots —  Lynchburg, VA, is considering tax incentives for new development in select areas of the city, including downtown.  See the full Incentive Plan for In-Fill Development. ...

Senior-friendly open spaces —  A report from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs recommends guidelines for senior-friendly open spaces. ...

Linking downtown’s parks —  The city of Bentonville, AK, is re-imagining its downtown open spaces to create a “Quilt of Parks,” each with a slightly different purpose. Download the report here....

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Mural Event Draws Crowds

December 14, 2017 — Downtown Lynn, MA, is seeing a huge investment in revitalization via the arts. Recently, the 10-day Beyond Walls mural festival changed the face of downtown, and attracted more than 2,700 visitors to the festival’s grand finale. Beyond Walls founder Alfred Wilson says he is inspired by art-centric revitalization in cities like…To read more — login/sign up

 

January 2018

Business contest attracts “second-location” retailers —   The Full Forward Business Competition in Florence, SC, is attracting new retail to the city center. See details below: • Competition rules • Participant disclaimer • Mailer • Application form • Score sheet ...

Program preserves in-town residential neighborhoods —  To preserve the integrity of historically residential neighborhoods, the city of Iowa City, IA, and the University of Iowa launched the UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership Affordable Housing Program. View the UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership brochure. ...

Event aims to attract talent and retain businesses —  The new Discover Your Future Career & Lifestyle Day events  in St. Charles, MO,  target young professionals from the neighboring state of Illinois, and provide not only job, but quality-of-life and housing information meant to lure new employees to St. Charles and its thriving downtown. See links below for more information: • e-book • Introductory Discover Your Future video • Health Care industry video • Manufacturing/Defense industry video • Police/Fire industry video ...

Ten things residents want —  Safety, economic health, and education/enrichment opportunities are the top three things that residents nationwide want in their communities. That’s according to the NRC’s 2016 review of data from The National Citizen Survey. Watch a video about the report. ...

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Corridor of Light Connects Downtown

April 6, 2017 As roadway and bridge improvements are made along a busy downtown corridor in Rosslyn, VA, city officials are using development funds to add lighted public art that will span the length of the main street and create striking gateways. The sculptures are giant, stainless steel structures with environmentally friendly lights, which can…

 

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DIX Article 1 start 14 pdf-post-tag Trends Analysis & Commentary headline Looking Ahead to 2017 body Downtown Idea Exchange recently invited a group of downtown leaders to discuss the trends that they see presenting challenges or opportunities in the new year. The health of local independently owned businesses was on the minds of many. Other…