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.

WeldWerks Brewing Company joins downtown Greeley’s craft beer scene

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 8.55.37 AMLive music, a food truck and, of course, craft beer are just a few of the things Greeley residents can expect from WeldWerks Brewing Co., the newest addition to 8th Avenue and downtown Greeley.

WeldWerks, 508 8th Ave., is down the street from Patrick’s Irish Pub, 907 8th Ave., and Brix Taphouse and Brewery, 813 8th St., but rather than bringing competition, owners Neil Fisher and Colin Jones plan to bring camaraderie to the downtown area.

Although the brewery has been in the works since last summer, it officially opened Feb. 20. There will be a grand opening Saturday, March 7th with live music and food…Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.59.42 PM

Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune 

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So much to do in the Greeley Creative District!!

Greeley Downtown just posted their events newsletter, which includes activities in all of the GCD. Absolutely amazing how much is going on in the next couple of weeks. Food, craft beer, art, shopping, theatre, concerts – the list just goes on and on!  Check it out – get all the details here: http://www.greeleydowntown.com/blog/news/downtown-greeley-happenings-february-2-2015

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Downtown Success Spurs Growth in the Creative District

A cultural rebirth of Greeley’s downtown core is happening before our very eyes, according to downtown and city officials.

Becky Safarik, the assistant city manager, said that she calls this time a “downtown renaissance,” because the downtown, which is a big part of Greeley’s history, is being revitalized and remembered after many years of sitting in the shadows.

“It has ignited the spark that allowed private individuals and businesses to reinvest in the downtown and rediscover the downtown area,” she said. “And the destinations are so distinctive you only find them in the downtown.”

As it stands, there are only three spots left for businesses to locate downtown, a huge turning point in an area that years ago could barely sustain a new business for two years.

Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune

ReadCon offers a new chapter on creativity


Theater students in a University of Northern Colorado stage makeup class got a crash course in making ghoulish, gruesome creations fit for Halloween.

At Saturday’s ReadCon, the UNC students put their skills to work and helped inspire the imagination of those bold enough to be transformed from human to monster at the Nerd Store, 807 8th St. in Greeley.

The event was created by the High Plains Library District. David Turner, a library associate for the High Plains Library District, said offering Halloween activities was an opportunity for a festive transition into the ReadCon events later in the day.

Dressed for the part, ReadCon guests could participate in the Moxi Theater’s, 802 9th St. in Greeley, live comic book enactments. They also could listen to a zombie podcast or drink tea among the undead at the Cranford Cove Tea Tavern, 823 10th St. in Greeley.

It also presented a way to get youth excited in reading a variety of material, from graphic novels and comics to spooky tales. This was the second year that ReadCon invited authors, writers and residents to get excited about reading and writing. This year, ReadCon, which is designed to get residents interacting with the library, invited residents downtown to visit with authors, get writing tips, buy discounted books and explore the downtown venues in a horse-drawn carriage. The event had a Halloween theme and drew a crowd of about 1,000 through the course of the day…

Read the whole story and see more photos and the video at the Greeley Tribune  

Tribune Opinion: Block Party is music to our ears…

Welcome back, University of Northern Colorado students. Here’s more than 40 bands as a present.

The annual Greeley Block Party, hosted by Ely Corliss, owner of the Moxi Theater, should show UNC students that downtown is a fun place to visit.

Some of those bands will appear in Greeley’s downtown establishments, as well as the 9th Street Plaza. It starts at 5 tonight and all of it is free. What better way for downtown to show off his feathers?

About 4,500 attended the Block Party last year, and it’s not just for UNC students. As a bonus, Greeley residents get to enjoy the bands, as well. Therefore, we’re all for anyone reaching out to UNC by offering a bunch of great bands. That benefits the rest of us, as well.

Get out your chalk and get ready to draw

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Greeley residents will try to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chalk art drawing on Saturday, and we hope they succeed.

But even if they don’t, that’s all right. It should be a fun event for everyone involved.

The goal of the city’s first Chalk A Lot event is a drawing 3.7 miles long. The University of Northern Colorado is providing a spot on campus, and organizers are hopeful many students will participate.

The Chalk A Lot is a great way to draw public attention to Greeley’s Creative District.

“It was cheap, free and something fun and a little out of the ordinary,” Greeley Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik said of sponsoring the event, which cost the city about $8,000.

Greeley may make the Chalk A Lot an annual event if it turns out to be popular. We hope so, because it sounds like it will be a blast.

from the Greeley Tribune, September 4th, 2014

1st Annual AgriCulture Fest and Feast a Great Success

On August 23rd, the Greeley Creative District hosted the inaugural AgriCulture Fest and Feast to explore and celebrate the endless ways our local rural and urban arenas intersect and enrich our lives.  The Fest during the day was filled with activity, history, education and entertainment, followed by the locally-sourced 12+ course Feast that evening.  The entire experience was nothing less than amazing.  More than 2000 people enjoyed the Fest. The Feast was sold out to 250 very lucky diners.

In this case, a picture truly is worth a thousand words. Follow the link below to see photos of the events. In the linked pdf documents, you can read about the incredible chefs, food providers and sponsors that made the AgriCulture Fest & Feast possible —and a total success.


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Downtown Colorado, Inc. Announces 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence

Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) just announced the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence recipients. And there we were!!

  • 2014 Colorful Colorado: Greeley Creative District. The Colorful Colorado Award is given to an exciting, inspiring, creative, fun or effective project that the judges wish to recognize beyond the scope of the original nomination category. This high honor is reserved for projects which transcend multiple award categories to demonstrate an exceptional contribution to the community’s vitality. The Greeley Creative District demonstrated exemplary work in regional collaboration, promotional events, and community creativity.

All Governor’s Awards winners will be honored at the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence Ceremony and Best of Fort Collins Festival on September 11, 2014, which will be held during DCI’s Vibrant Colorado Downtowns Conference in Fort Collins.

Since 2003, the Governor’s Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado. All 2014 nominated projects were completed between September 1, 2010 and May 30, 2014.

This year’s nominees represent some of Colorado’s best contributions to vibrant local communities,” said Katherine Correll, executive director, Downtown Colorado, Inc. “On behalf of DCI members, board of directors, and staff, we congratulate the winners and all of the nominees for excellent work to enhance Colorado’s commercial districts.”

Photos of the winning projects, along with accompanying details, are also being featured on DCI’s Facebook page, where members will have a chance to vote for their favorite projects. The people’s choice winner, based on the number of “likes” given to each project on Facebook, will receive special accolades.

View further details on the Governor’s Awards Reception and Best of Fort Collins Festival here.

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