Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
October 7, 2015
Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator
Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s NEDTalks Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award as Best Business Development Project
Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s NEDalks received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award as the “Best Business Development Project” from Oregon Main Street on Oct. 7 during the Oregon Main Conference in The Dalles. This award is given to the Main Street organization that has created and implemented the best downtown retention or business recruitment program. BizDev Committee Chair, David Reid, was on hand to accept the award.
Wanting to enhance their work in local engagement and awareness, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s Business Development Committee began a merchant-focused series of NEDTalks – Novel Efforts Downtown. NEDTalks are ADHDA’s spin on the popular TedTalk series. It is similar in theory – short talks on pertinent downtown topics. The Business Development Committee works with the Committee Chairs and downtown businesses to address current issues or trends and provides a forum for open dialogue and discussion. To increase the awareness and to enhance the discussion, NEDTalks are free and open to the public are available on their website to anyone who may have missed the talks or need a refresher.
According to Alana Garner, Executive Director, “The level of engagement from the downtown businesses on the tips and tricks they have learned from the NEDTalks has been great. We have received so many positive remarks for the enlightening and rewarding information sharing with the community and businesses.”
“This is a fun spin on business development workshops,” says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. “Through creative activities like this, downtown organizations can help strengthen and retain local businesses.”
The Awards Presentation was a highlight of the Oregon Main Street Conference, a popular semi-annual conference that brings together people with an interest in downtown revitalization.
Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alana Garner, Executive Director
Astoria Downtown Historic District Association