By Kirstina Lotz, Thurston Talk
Few things can raise the spirits as quickly as a stroll through Olympia’s bustling downtown. Local shops, flavorful restaurants and bright art gives us a boost even on the dullest grey day. Property owners and business owners who have chosen to make the center of Olympia their home have invested a lot, both in money and in effort, to breathe new life into the area, making it an even better place to go with family and friends.
The Olympia Downtown Alliance is helping to coordinate the investments of these downtown stakeholders to enhance the health of the urban core. Its mission is to “Advocate for business and property owners while serving as a catalyst for downtown prosperity and positive perception.”
Creating an even better downtown doesn’t just give us a nice place to shop (though that is a definite perk!), it boosts tourism, adds jobs as businesses grow and increases overall quality of life in the community. To work toward their objectives, the Alliance has several committees made up of a cross-section of downtown property owners and businesses, from restaurants to retailers. These committees are rolling out exciting new programs to make the heart of the city a better place to live, work, eat, play, and shop.
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Olympia Parks Stewardship staff is partnering with the Downtown Ambassadors and Clean Team for a Downtown beautification project on Friday, April 27. This pre-Arts Walk work party will focus on picking up litter, painting, and providing some TLC to our downtown streets and alleys. All ages welcome! Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. If interested, meet at the entrance to SS TJ Potter Alley located between Hot Toddy and Popinjay on Capitol Way S. The approximate address of the alley is 412 Capitol Way S. Dress for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Join your community in making a difference by registering today! To sign up, or for more information, contact Mark Rentfrow, Downtown Liaison, at 360.570.3798 or email@example.com.
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Olympia, February 6, 2018 – On Monday evening, February 5th the Olympia Downtown Alliance (formerly the Olympia Downtown Association) held it’s Annual Meeting at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees witnessed the unveiling of the Downtown Alliance’s new name, logo, website (DowntownOlympia.org), and organizational materials.
“The name change to the Downtown Alliance is a nod to the importance of seeking and finding common ground amongst various stakeholders in Downtown Olympia” said Board President Dave Wasson. “It’s time that we realize what we can accomplish, as business leaders, in this Downtown. Together, we are strong.”
During the program, Executive Director Todd Cutts presented the Downtown Alliance’s strategic priorities and the initiatives the organization is undertaking to achieve these priorities. Alliance priorities include: Advocacy, Vibrant, Clean, and Safe, Imagemaking, and Business Assistance. The new website will serve as a tool to educate about the work that the Downtown Alliance is undertaking, as well as featuring a dynamic Downtown business directory. A comprehensive event calendar that will be housed on the website is also in the works.
Event emcee Jerry Farmer of 94.5 ROXY also introduced City of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. The Mayor updated members of the audience about the City’s effort to revitalize Downtown. The evening concluded with the presentation of the annual Downtown awards. Dave Wasson, President of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters was presented with the Person of the Year award for his leadership of the Downtown Alliance and in Downtown in general. Past award winners were responsible for the selection of the winner.
The President’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented to former Board Member and Treasurer Jennelle Riffe for her tireless work to ensure financial stability for the organization. The Business of the Year award was presented to Thomas Architecture Studios (TAS). TAS was selected in recognition for their commitment to new, quality development in Downtown Olympia and their passion for urban revitalization.
Anna Schlecht, Project Coordinator for the Downtown Alliance’s Volunteers in Paint program presented the Paint Volunteer of the Year award to Brad Turner and the Business Sponsor of the Year award to the McMenamin’s Spar Café.
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