Tools of the Trade: Organizing Your Downtown Program for Success
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Featuring Donna Ann Harris of Heritage Consulting
Hosted at the Borough Hall in downtown Metuchen - a Main Street New Jersey community since 2014.
The 60th NJ Downtown Institute for Winter 2015 is your opportunity to get up-to-speed on making the most of your limited volunteer and financial resources to help you achieve your revitalization and district management goals. This workshop is designed for business district management organizations, chambers and other municipal, county and regional leaders, whether staff or volunteers. Every attendee will leave with tactics and strategies for running a more effective downtown management organization - including a flash drive with a host of best practices, tools and sample documents included so you don't have to reinvent the wheel. People and organizations new to downtown management are also encouraged to attend.
APA 3.75 CM Credits
Februay 25, 2015:
8:15am - 9:00am -- Registration, Coffee & Conversation
9:00am - 9:15am -- Welcome, Overview & Introductions
9:15am - 10:30am -- Unlocking Your Downtown’s Potential: Using the Four Teams to Get Stuff Done
10:30am - 11:30am -- Maximizing Board and Staff for BIDS/SIDS and Downtown Organizations
11:30am - 12:15pm -- Diversify Your Revenue Sources!
12:15pm - 1:30pm -- Lunch in the District/Networking
1:30pm - 2:15pm -- Work Planning for Success
2:15pm - 3:30pm -- Advanced Volunteer Recruitment
3:30pm - 4:00pm -- Be the Expert: Benchmarking Your Success
Session Details - The Toolbox
Unlocking Your Downtown’s Potential: Using the Four Teams to Get Stuff Done: Overview of the four teams and the eight Main Street principles. Briefly what do the Board, four Teams and manager do? Role and typical early projects for each team. Donna Ann Harris
Maximizing Board and Staff for BIDS/SIDS and other Downtown Organizations: What Board members do collectively and as individuals to support the organization. What staff does (and don’t do). Divide into two groups based on whether your organization is a BID/SID or not. Donna Ann Harris & Jef Buehler
Diversify Your Revenue Sources: An overview of the seven traditional revenue sources for local revitalization work, typical start up budgets for staffed/unstaffed organizations. Donna Ann Harris
Work Planning for Success: Describes the component parts of the work plan tool, its key role in budgeting, volunteer recruitment, scheduling, and evaluating the work of the four teams for the Board. Hands on exercise creating work plans for projects. Donna Ann Harris
Advanced Volunteer Recruitment: Advanced Volunteer Recruitment: How to create volunteer job descriptions. Why do people volunteer today? Most fruitful methods for individual and wholesale volunteer recruitment, creating good volunteer job descriptions, where to post, orientation and giving feedback. Hands on exercise creating job descriptions Using technology to manage volunteer efforts in the 21 Century. Donna Ann Harris and Jef Buehler
Be the Expert: Benchmarking Your Success: Why it pays to be the expert, where to find the stats you need, and how to use the information you collect. Jef Buehler and Donna Ann Harris
Donna Ann Harris, Heritage Consulting - Donna Ann Harris is the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc., a Philadelphia-based consulting firm that works with non-profit organizations and government agencies nationwide in the following practice areas: downtown and commercial district revitalization, historic preservation, tourism product development, and non-profit organizational development. Prior to starting her firm eleven years ago, Ms. Harris was state coordinator for the Illinois Main Street program for two years and the manager of the Illinois suburban Main Street program for four years. Prior to her Main Street career, Ms. Harris spent 15 years as an executive director of three start-up and two mature preservation organizations, each with its own organizational and fundraising challenges. Ms. Harris is a Certified Main Street Manager.
Jef Buehler, MSNJ & Improvement District Programs - Jef Buehler has worked in facilitating place- and asset-based change since 1989 in American centers of urban poverty, Latin American rural areas, and more than fifty communities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and California. Currently Jef serves as the State Coordinator of Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs at the New Jersey’s Dept. of Community Affairs, overseeing the delivery of and providing technical assistance and training to 45 local Main Street programs statewide. He also provides downtown revitalization assistance and presentations to communities around the state and serves as the administrator of the nationally-recognized New Jersey Downtown Institute. Prior to coming to Main Street New Jersey, Jef was a community organizer and housing advocate in Camden, NJ, and served in the Peace Corps.
(NOTE: Promotional Partners will receive a special code for discounted registrations, as will Designated and Selected Main Street New Jersey Programs.)
When & Where
NJDCA's Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs
Est. in 1989, the NJDCA's Office of Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs has been providing technical assistance and training to more than 140 traditional downtowns and business districts. Visit www.mainstreetnewjersey.com for more information about this National Main Street Center-affiliated program located in the State of New Jersey's Department of Community Affairs.