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Charitable Partnerships Enhance Downtown Events

May 23, 2024
In Millburn-Short Hills, NJ, Restaurant Week has turned into a springtime traffic driver. The event debuted in March 2023, then returned in March 2024. Restaurant Week is organized by Explore Millburn-Short Hills, a special improvement district, and involves some 40 restaurants and boutiques offering 60 specials. Steve Grillo, executive director of Explore Millburn-Short Hills, says…Continue reading


Private Security Takes on Many Roles Downtown

May 16, 2024
Amid a nationwide increase in homelessness and addiction, many downtowns are struggling to present an image of cleanliness and safety. Meanwhile, some cities have been unable to fill open positions on their police forces. To meet a growing need, downtown leaders are increasingly turning to private security firms. For many cities, private security is a…Continue reading


Survey Reveals Main Street Trends

May 10, 2024
The 2024 Main Street Trends Survey from Main Street America offers insights into the budgets, salaries, and issues that Main Street programs are facing. When asked to identify their biggest challenges, executive directors came up with a three-way tie: Not enough variety of businesses, poorly maintained buildings, and inconsistent store hours were each cited by 31 percent…Continue reading


Food Tourism on the Rise

April 25, 2024
Traveling to a destination specifically for its food and beverages is on the rise. In 2019, the global culinary tourism market was valued at $1.1 billion and it's projected to grow to more than $1.79 billion by 2027, according to Culinary Tourism Market 2020. The most popular form of culinary tourism is food festivals, followed…Continue reading


Wayfinding System Connects Community

April 18, 2024
Somerset, KY, unveiled a new wayfinding system that features directional and informational signs throughout downtown streets. The signs carry the city’s brand and logo, and their role is both practical and less obvious revealing connections, highlighting diversity, and demonstrating community pride. The network was launched in Somerset’s downtown core with plans to expand to other…Continue reading


Creative Approach Funds Downtown Operations

April 11, 2024
The Hollywood Partnership is a business improvement district that provides a variety of services to businesses along the famous Hollywood Boulevard. But not every member wants the same services. In 2022 the BID created the Hollywood Partnership Community Trust, a nonprofit that hosts events and provides enhanced services to those willing to pay for them.…Continue reading


Small, Creative Events Attract Visitors

April 5, 2024
To overcome negative perceptions about safety, and bring more people to the city center, Downtown Santa Monica embarked on a series of creative, small-scale events. The goal is to attract visitors and create welcoming images which can be shared via the local press and social media. Ariana Gomez, director of marketing and partnerships at Downtown…Continue reading