October 23 + 24, 2018

The 8th Annual North Dakota Downtown Conference will be held October 23-24 in Downtown Grand Forks. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at the button above!

Goals of the Conference:
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.

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.

Who should attend?
Attendees include representatives from every size downtown, economic development organizations, city planning and communication offices, chambers of commerce, architects, engineers, private development companies, downtown business owners, downtown stakeholders, university students interested in urban design and development, etc. This is the premier event for downtown specific development in the region.

Where will this be held?
Across various locations Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Full agenda with locations will be released soon, look at the right column to see what’s been released so far!

Where should you stay?
Room blocks have been reserved with special pricing at:
The Townhouse Hotel, Downtown Grand Forks, 701-746-5411, under "2018 ND Downtown Conference"
Fairfield Inn, East Grand Forks, 218-399-3030, under "2018 ND Downtown Conference"

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? 
Contact the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association with sponsorship inquiries!

More questions?
For more information, call the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association at 701-757-4051.


Keynote Speakers:

October 23rd
Freedom Church

October 23rd
Empire Arts Center

October 24th
Freedom Church

Breakout Sessions:

Tuesday, Oct 23rd
Breakout #1
Power of Good Streetscapes - Mike Zimney of Kilbourne Group
3 Pillars of the Main Street Initiative - Holly Holt of North Dakota Commerce
Grassroot Projects - Lilly Weinberg of Knight Foundation

Wednesday, Oct 24th
Breakout #2
Regional Downtown Spotlight: Devil's Lake - Paula Vistad
The Importance of Community Engagement - Mark Schill of Praxis
Breakout #3 11:25-12:25PM
Local Brewery Tours - Rhombus Guys (led by Corey Mock)
Local Brewery Tours - Half Brothers (led by Justin Auch)
Greenway Tour - Pete Haga, Relations Officer, City of Grand Forks
Downtown Walking Tour - Jonathan Holth, Community Relations Officer, JLG,
and Ryan Brooks, Deputy City Planner, City of Grand Forks

Breakout #4 1:45-2:45PM
Uniqueness: Key to a Good Masterplan - Marty Shukert of RDG
How a Marketing Campaign Can Help Your City - Becca Cruger, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator of GF EDC
Main Street Challenge: Engagement in Activism - Collin Hanson, Executive Director of Evolve GF