GCD Board Member Pam Bricker and DDA Team Rock the Greeley Creative District

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.52.01 PMI want to thank the Greeley Tribune for the great coverage on downtown in Sunday’s paper. At the Downtown Development Authority we are so grateful for all of the stories that you regularly write on downtown happenings.

Although I am proud to be the leader of the DDA, I compare my leadership to the conductor of a band. The conductor is an important role, but the conductor needs great musicians to create a fabulous performance.

My “first chair” musicians are my incredible staff: Bianca Fisher, associate director; Alison Hamling, director of experience; and Karen Baumgartner, administrative assistant (who keeps us all organized.) Without them working tirelessly with me, my band would be just a solo performance.

In addition, the “rhythm section” is my board of directors, chaired by Mr. Downtown himself, Bob Tointon, who leads an array of talented business and property owners who sit on our board. They are responsible for “the charts” that keep us on task by making wise financial decisions and planning for the future.

The “unsung heroes” are the downtown businesses who provide the products, the service, the food, the arts, and the music that makes downtown hum. Some of those have been around for over 100 years, but many have recently joined the band to attract new customers of all ages. As an entrepreneur myself, I know how hard it is to create a successful business and the long hours it takes to make it happen.

The DDA is eternally grateful to the city of Greeley, which provides the infrastructure (the chairs, music stands and stage) to make so much of what we do feasible. From the city and assistant city managers to the parks department, they provide street improvements, planter beds, property for development, space and support for events, artwork, parking needs, the Ice Haus, Union Colony Civic Center, museums, farmer’s market and so much more.

The city council provides an annual grant and two of their members serve on our board, as well as appoint all of our board members.

So many administrators, faculty, staff and students of the University of Northern Colorado have had a big hand in “playing the music,” literally and figuratively. We have such wonderful student talent performing in our Creative District, but also the interns, Bear Biz program, and overall support in so many ways has blended the University with our Community.

And to make downtown successful, it takes YOU, the audience to appreciate what we all do. Thank you for supporting our businesses and attending our events.

All together, we create a great band for the city of Greeley, and I am so fortunate to currently be conducting this fabulous group of people. I am also grateful to so many people before me who started the music and kept it playing. We’re looking forward to more progress as we create a new season with some exciting new developments in 2015-16.

Pam Bricker, is the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and secretary of the Greeley Creative District Board.

Greeley Creative District’s Agri-Culture Fest & Feast Wins State Tourism Award

The AgriCulture Fest and Feast held in Greeley in August  received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. The award was presented to event representatives at a dinner held October 30 during the 2014 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Westminster. This highly competitive award was one of only six awards presented that evening.

The Outstanding Initiative Award acknowledges an activity, event, or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado. The newly created AgriCULTURE Fest and Feast is collaboration between the Greeley Creative District, The Tribune and the Greeley Downtown Development Authority. The steering committee also included representatives from The City of Greeley, The Greeley Farmer’s Market, The University of Northern Colorado, members of the agricultural and culinary arts community, and more.

“This is an outstanding example of the spirit & the core of the Greeley community.  The timing of this event was ideal for aligning shared goals & visions of the DDA, GCD & The Tribune.  It is an honor to stand side by side by as partners with Greeley elevated as an example to our state that is full of amazing tourism experiences,” said Emily V Tilton, Event Producer with The Tribune. “Connecting the community in a collaborative production focused on the roots & the growing strengths of the people of Greeley resulted in a diverse experience shared by neighbors from across the county.  Recognition for celebrating who we are as a community speaks volumes to our original goals. The spirit of AgriCulture Fest and Feast is still alive and will continue to grow with each new season.”

Emily Tilton, Alison Hamling and Michelle Kempema

As a celebration of Greeley and Weld County’s agricultural roots and heritage, the daytime segment featured a petting zoo, tractor show, gardening and growing demonstrations, hay wagon rides, a history and heritage area, and booths representing many ag producers such as Northern Colorado Feed and Bean, Grant Farms, The Water Conservancy, 4 Rivers Equipment, and many more. The Tribune’s Event Producer, Emily V Tilton, spearheaded the efforts of the daytime festivities, while the Greeley Creative District organized the evening’s ticketed dinner for 250 attendees.

Throughout the day, visitors enjoyed entertainment from “The Green Bean Boys,”  “The Tumbleyweeds”, “Colorado Rose”,  “Merry Mixers Square Dancers,” and chamber players from the Greeley Philharmonic, among others.

The evening event was a ticketed sit-down dinner for 250 people and served as a fundraiser for the Creative District. Close to 100% of the food was procured from Weld County producers. Including 295 pounds of New York Strip steak from JBS Swift, Seven local chefs showed off their culinary skills with each preparing one or two courses. The dinner was served family, or “harvest” style in a “farm to table” like setting, but in an urban environment under the twinkling lights of the 8th St. plaza in downtown Greeley.

“We are extremely proud and honored to have received such a prestigious award for an event that is basically in its infancy” said Alison Hamling of the Greeley Creative District and the DDA. “our collaborative efforts and the way we celebrated our local growers and agricultural history made it so special and unique.”

For more information please contact Alison Hamling at 970-356-6775 or Emily Tilton at (970) 392-4450

or email alison@greeleydowntown.com  etilton@greeleytribune.com & follow AgriCultureFest on FaceBook

Greeley Creative District is State Certified

Greeley’s creative district draws attention from the state

Greeley Tribune June 21, 2014

Greeley’s creative district — an effort to create a focal point for the city’s arts, culture and entertainment that brought Friday go-cup concerts and thousands more people downtown — is now official in the eyes of the state.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade announced Friday that Greeley’s was one of four creative districts to meet the criteria to move up in status as a fully certified district instead of a prospective one.

The announcement gave credence to an explosion of new events, restaurants, murals and more that have emerged since the creative district was established two years ago, said Greeley Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik, who is also president of the district’s board of directors.

The creative district incorporates the area surrounding the University of Northern Colorado and downtown.

Read the whole story here: http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/11902308-113/district-creative-greeley-events

Be Surprised by Downtown Greeley

The current issue of Style Magazine features a great story called “Be Surprised by Downtown Greeley”—followed by “A Night Out in Greeley.” There really is a lot to talk about! Read the stories in the on-line addition of the magazine, beginning on pg. 36
http://www.stylemagazinecolorado.com/current-issue.html