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 1, 2018 — A dedicated downtown app for Apple and Android smartphones is helping consumers find new destinations and parking in Millburn, NJ, and allowing merchants to attract new customers. Users can browse by category, such as "Fine Dining," or search by keywords to find products, services, and special offers. The app has "beacon…To read more — login/sign up
January 18, 2018 — The Full Forward Business Competition in Florence, SC, is attracting successful business owners to open a second location or a new venture in the city’s downtown. The contest, which launched in May, was publicized heavily via social media, along with mailings to business owners statewide. One winning entry received $20,000 in…To read more — login/sign up
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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January 5, 2018 — Every other week we post a brief article from Downtown Idea Exchange. Over the course of the year we’ve covered everything from business recruitment to streetscape improvements to festivals and events. To wrap up the year, we’re highlighting five of our favorite posts. Creative, informative, and adaptable, they showcase some of the…To read more — login/sign up
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
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
• 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:
• 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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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…
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…
November 30, 2017 — Earlier this year, the Issaquah, WA, council approved the city’s Downtown Streetscape Plan. The plan seeks to increase pedestrian friendliness, support local businesses, create a consistent downtown character, and make Olde Town a place where people enjoy spending time. The plan includes creation of a festival street — a street designated…To read more — login/sign up