Downtown Idea Exchange


Includes: Monthly newsletter, available online on the first of the month. Access to the issue archive. Opportunity to sign up two coworkers at no additional cost.



Now, more than ever, downtown leaders are turning to Downtown Idea Exchange for practical news, information, and examples of how downtowns are reopening, repositioning, and moving forward.

With your online access you’ll receive 12 monthly issues of Downtown Idea Exchange. You may print them, read them online, or share them with your team. Plus you’ll have full access to the issue archive for a deeper drive into specific topics of interest.

You’ll learn how cities and towns of all sizes are tackling tough challenges like business recruitment and retention; attracting shoppers, diners, and other visitors; funding downtown improvements; building support for investment in downtown; improving walkability; creating a more inviting physical environment; activating public spaces; increasing the economic base; and more.

You’ll learn what they are doing and why, and we’ll point you in the direction of additional resources for more in-depth reading and research, or for informal conversations with colleagues.

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

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Downtown Idea Exchange

Each issue of Downtown Idea Exchange includes links to valuable background material, additional information, and related resources that we just can’t fit in the newsletter.

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With your subscription, you’ll receive Essentials for Business Recruitment & Retention. This special report brings you a detailed checklist along with dozens of case studies showing how downtown leaders are strengthening at-risk businesses and bring the best new businesses downtown.


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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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