Downtown Idea Exchange


Includes: Monthly digital newsletter. Access to the online Article Archive. Access for two coworkers. And the 18-page special report, Revitalizing Downtown with Public Art.



Now, more than ever, downtown leaders are turning to Downtown Idea Exchange for practical news, in-depth information, and concrete examples of how cities and towns are improving physical, social, and economic conditions downtown.

As a regular reader, you’ll discover how they are tackling tough challenges like business recruitment and retention; attracting shoppers, diners, and other visitors; funding downtown improvements; building support for investment downtown; activating public spaces; increasing the economic base; and more.

You’ll learn what they are doing, how they are doing it, and why. And we’ll point you in the direction of additional resources and networking opportunities.

Just look at this list of recent articles. Then read on to see how everyone on your team will benefit from Downtown Idea Exchange:

  • Retaining and strengthening downtown’s “legacy” businesses
  • Improving pedestrian and bike safety with street murals
  • Loosening restrictions on outdoor drinking: pros and cons
  • Reaping big benefits from small-scale placemaking
  • Creating a pipeline of start-up businesses
  • Using food trucks to combat crime
  • Getting more from your gift card program
  • Supporting retail with free delivery service, recruitment referral program, more.

Here’s how it works – for you, and your team
When you subscribe you’ll receive the monthly digital newsletter, access to the online Article Archive, and the digital report Revitalizing Downtown with Public Art.

But equally important is what your team receives.

No one person does this work alone, so you’ll also receive full access for two additional team members.

Subscribe today and start this valuable resource working for your team … and for your downtown.

Welcome Gift

With your subscription, you’ll receive the 18-page special report Revitalizing Downtown with Public Art. It brings you important case studies and practical information on how cities across North America are using public art to fill vacant space, drive local and nonlocal visits downtown, contribute to a strong sense of place, and beautify the city center.


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“Our staff very much enjoys Downtown Idea Exchange. We benefit from the experience of other cities who share their success stories in each issue.”
— Brian R. Davis,
Director, City of Roseburg Community Development Department

“The Downtown Development Center is one of my most valuable tools. For folks like ourselves with limited resources, we use these publications to light fires that will shine long after the ideas have come to life.”
— Betsy Manuel,
Executive Director Heart of Medford

Downtown Idea Exchange is a great tool and really does bring new networking and sharing opportunities to those of us who work for downtown. Thanks again and keep up the great work.”
— Sherry H. Spring,
Executive Director,  Downtown Hampton Development Partnership

“I just took over as the new President for Downtown Novato Business Association. I was so impressed with your information on what other towns have done with small grants.”
— Denise Athas,
President, Downtown Novato Business Association

“We are long-time subscribers and consider the Idea Exchange very valuable to our work.”
— Sue Dusharme,
Programs Director, Downtown Business Association of Escondido


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