*Dates for the 3rd Annual ND Downtown Conference will be Oct 29-30 in Bismarck ND. Check back often for more info.
2nd Annual North Dakota Downtown Conference Presented By The Downtowners of Bismarck.
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The Bismarck Downtowners are hosting the 2nd Annual statewide conference focused on North Dakota Downtown topics including redevelopment programs, tax efficiencies, trends, planning, and cohesive design.
The 2012 conference will be held Oct 16-17 in Bismarck ND
Mission: To create a network of and provide a forum for Downtown stakeholders in North Dakota and surrounding regions for the purpose of Downtown Revitalization for Community Sustainability.
Economic and Civic Impact of Public Spaces- Main Street Square Year 1
Dan Senftner – Chairman & CEO of Destination Rapid City:
Our Mission is to Foster downtown Rapid City through economic development, creating a vibrant business district rich in appeal for the Rapid City Community and its visitors.
Downtown Management and Leadership (Session 1) & Downtown Master Planning (Session 2)
Linda McCarthy — Executive Director of Missoula Downtown Association:
The Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) is a not-for-profit membership based organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and enhancing the vitality of downtown Missoula. Created in 1975, the MDA has grown to over 400 business and individual members.
Parking in Conjunction with Transit for Dense Mixed Use Areas
Anthony Knauer — City of Rochester MN
Creating Downtown Housing
Brad Schafer— Co-Founder and Principal of Schafer Richardson Development
Schafer Richardson provides quality investment, leasing, management, development, and construction services to the commercial and residential real estate industries.
Goals of the Conference
1. Educate Downtown stakeholders on the positive impacts of healthy Downtowns including but not limited to: economic impact, tax efficiencies, community sustainability, affordable housing, mixed used planning, civic participation, community’s sense of place, and historic preservation.
2. Provide a forum for Downtown Stakeholders to learn about revitalization programs, successful Downtown community programs, and action steps in forming Downtown revitalization groups and efforts.
As Downtown Revitalization is trending strong throughout the United States and globally, it’s also made its way to North Dakota. Over the last 10 years, some of the large communities have started the process of Downtown Rehabilitation. It is our intention with the ND Downtown Conference to continue this trend and discussion about the importance of Downtowns in our state. Downtowns have many positive tangible implications but there is also a large intangible, sense of place. It’s an idea that your community has its own personality, its own style, something that is recognizable to its citizens and creates a sense of civic pride and participation. It’s that intangible that our scholars will explore, and they’ll show us how it creates an economically sustainable and positive community.
Our expectation and outcome for this conference is to start the process of revitalization in North Dakota and regional Downtowns. The attendees will gain the knowledge about Downtown impacts and programs, then action steps to start a Downtown organization or make policies to take and implement in their cities. Each attendee will also be connected to the Downtowners of Bismarck and others to answer further questions or give assistance for each step of their revitalization efforts.
There is a special room rate at the Radisson of Bismarck 701-255-6000.
There is a room block at the Days Inn 701-223-9151.
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