Downtown Management Forum: COVID-19 Exchange

Downtown Management Forum: COVID-19 Exchange

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Downtown New Jersey created a safe space for members and partners to exchange ideas about hot topics in downtown economic development. There are currently several feeds related to COVID-19 response.

Please note that you must answer the membership questions to be approved. We want to be sure only “real people” are joining, and we need to know who you are before we will approve your membership. Also, this group is is not intended for individual business owner participation, rather it is meant to be an exchange of ideas between those involved with the management of downtown business districts.

Live Web Forums

Downtown New Jersey is providing a series of virtual opportunities for downtown managers, economic development professionals, and public officials to exchange ideas about best practices related to downtown economic development in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Forum #3

Friday, April 3, 2020
11:00AM via ZOOM
Join us for a discussion about digital marketing led by Mike Blinder, Founder & President of The Blinder Group, publisher of Editor & Publisher Magazine, and author of Survival Selling Even in the Toughest Times.
 
During this 45-minute online workshop, learn from one of the nation’s leading media experts:
 
  • How to market effectively in tough economic times & what messages work best in order to build a local brand, maintain a customer base & even increase market share.
  • Secrets of gaining the best return on investment from any marketing, regardless if it is traditional media (like newspapers, radio & billboards) or digital (like Facebook & Google).
  • Case studies on how businesses who market in economic downturns perform better than their competitors & surge during recovery.

This session will be valuable to both business owners and those involved with the management of downtown business districts.

Thank you to TAPinto for sponsoring this forum.

Space is limited, registration is required

Forum #4

Friday, April 17, 2020
11:00AM via ZOOM

At this forum we will discuss “what’s next” – how does your downtown recover from economic upheaval, and what can you do now to plan for a time when we’re all back to business? Using global recovery statistics as a backdrop, we will discuss current and imminent downtown retail occupancy conditions, and map out a proactive recruitment strategy to expedite recovery starting in the 3rd quarter. The discussion will be led by Marta Person Villa, NJ Retail Lead and Senior Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle and a former SID director, municipal administrator, and DNJ President.

Please note that this session is not intended for individual business owner participation, rather it is meant to be an exchange of ideas between those involved with the management of downtown business districts.

Space is limited, registration is required. Please register at least 30 minutes prior to the ZOOM start time. 

Past Forums

Forum #2
Friday, March 27, 2020

At this forum, we were joined by Christina Fuentes, Director of Small Business Services at NJEDA and Erika Calderon, Small Business Legislative Aid from Senator Menendez’s office to discuss programs, policies, and legislation that have passed or are being considered to provide economic relief to downtowns and small business.

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Forum #1
Friday, March 20, 2020

At this first forum, there was not a formal presentation. Instead, participants shared best practices and discussed needs. 

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