2014 Downtown Institute Communications for Successful Community Projects

DOWNTOWN INSTITUTE: Communications for Successful Community Projects

Friday, July 25th 2014
Durango, Colorado

Session highlights:
Main Street Promotions 101:  Stephanie Troller, Department of Local Affairs

Construction Management for Downtown Infrastructure Projects: Creating a communications and access plan can assist new and returning customers, business owners, and delivery services with a clear understanding of road closures, access points, and ways to capitalize on the construction. Put plans in place so infrastructure improvements don't cause hardships in your downtown and Main Street and to make sure you accomplish everything that needs to happen with one construction process!  Speaker: Kim Newcomer, Slate Communications

Succession Planning and Tools to Build Sustainable Communications and Processes with Downtown Partners: So many downtowns achieve a successful revitalization process by a talented and driven leader, but what happens when your leader moves to Hawaii? Consider tools to develop organizational relationships and agreements that can survive the retirement of a powerful leader.    Speakers: Mark Doering, City of Lakewood; Terryl Peterson, CFO Services LLC

Community Builders Program:  Join us for an overview of the Sonoran Institute's Community Builders Program using Ridgeway as a case study to understand the power of this program and the support offered by Sonoran. Be a part of the discussion as Ridgeway and Sonoran review and assess next steps and how to continue the building process.   Speakers: Jen Coates, Ridgway Town Manager; Clark Anderson, Western Colorado Legacy Program at Sonoran Institute

Pitching Your Community for Film:  Get your community on the map for production companies considering filming in our state! Colorado offers an incentive program that attracts filmmakers and benefits the creative workforce. Learn how your community can benefit from these opportunities, make connections, and find resources to promote your community.
Speaker: Courtney Potts, Colorado Office of Film Television and Media

Durango Unwrapped: As one of Colorado's pilot Main Street Communities, Durango has used history to shape a vibrant downtown with a plan for management and financing, collaborative partnerships, impactful events, and a thriving business community. Join us to learn the secrets of Durango's success and what they will be working on next!   Speakers: Greg Hoch, Director of Planning and Community Development; Bob Kunkel, Business Development Manager; Ron LeBlanc, City Manager.

When: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Durango Elks Lodge, 901 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301
April Downtown Institute Cost : $125/member, $175/non-member
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