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Economic Development

A primary objective for place managers is fostering a healthy, sustainable, diverse and prosperous economy for the managed place. The place manager collaborates and works closely with various levels of local and regional economic development organizations, developers, real estate brokers, private firms, philanthropic foundations, destination management organizations, non-profits, and state and federal government agencies, while representing the specific and unique needs, challenges and trends of the managed place.

Additionally, the place manager will work to recruit and retain businesses, conduct market research, encourage a strong local workforce, maintain a diverse mix of commercial and residential development, and facilitate a built environment that is accessible for all users to live, work, play, visit and invest.

City Building Boot Camp Tours

September 29, 2023 Award

The City Building Boot Camp Tours were curated by the Regina Downtown BID and Regina’s Warehouse BID to highlight best practices in urban revitalization from other Canadian cities in the hope of inspiring current and future projects in the City of Regina.

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Downtown Pittsburgh Restaurant Recovery Initiative

September 29, 2023 Award

COVID-19 necessitated new and innovative initiatives, and a radical departure from how the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) had previously supported the downtown neighborhood. It also required PDP to identify funding sources and build partnerships to expedite plans that would have an immediate and lasting impact on Pittsburgh’s downtown restaurant economy.

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Downtown Days of Wonder Pop-Up Shops

September 29, 2023 Award

Downtown Days of Wonder (DDOW) is a holiday activation program held from November to January in downtown Tulsa. In 2022, a new pop-up shop initiative was piloted for DDOW, designed to increase the amount of retail offerings downtown for holiday shopping while amplifying the work of local minority small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street

September 29, 2023 Award

Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street is a retail incubator program in the core of downtown Raleigh. The program is designed to increase the diversity of ownership in downtown Raleigh and build a pipeline of new, independent, local retail to fill storefront space in downtown Raleigh. The project is a partnership effort of many local partners.

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Grow Golden

September 22, 2023 Best Practice

Grow Golden addresses a problem many office-dominated districts have grappled with since the COVID-19 pandemic: how to fill and enliven vacant ground floor spaces? Grow Golden harnesses the talent of the diverse small business community and pairs them with property owners who need spaces filled, along with providing wrap-around technical assistance.

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DSM Workforce Trends & Occupancy Study

September 22, 2023 Best Practice

In early 2022, Downtown DSM, Inc. and the Greater Des Moines Partnership commissioned a first-of-its-kind, hyperlocal study of knowledge workers in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The DSM Workforce Trends & Occupancy Study (WTOS) provided regional employers with insight into the workplace and work preference styles of knowledge workers.

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Downtown Farmers’ Market Incubator Program

September 22, 2023 Best Practice

The Downtown Farmers’ Market Incubator Program was created to support underrepresented, small and/or startup businesses and improve access and economic growth for local small, minority and historically underrepresented businesses across Greater Des Moines (DSM). To participate in the Incubator Program, a business must be owned, operated and actively managed by one or more persons who fall into one underrepresented communities.

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Grow Downtown

September 22, 2023 Best Practice

Grow Downtown is an initiative of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance that connects landlords and tenants to offer short-term lease opportunities to small businesses, adding vibrancy to the central business district of downtown Saint Paul and its skyway system. Selected tenants occupy vacant storefronts with the potential for long-term occupancy.

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Advancing Places: Building Partnerships with Tourism, Chamber of Commerce and Municipal Agencies

August 11, 2023 Webinar

Developing relationships with other organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau and Municipal departments is vital to your organization’s success in your community.  This webinar covers different approaches from Tempe, Arizona, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Delray Beach Florida. 

Advancing Places: Building Partnerships with Tourism, Chamber of Commerce and Municipal Agencies

August 11, 2023 Webinar

Developing relationships with other organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau and Municipal departments is vital to your organization’s success in your community.  This webinar covers different approaches from Tempe, Arizona, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Delray Beach Florida. 

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