The Downtown Advantage Weekly Newsletter
Jan 4, 2016  
Dreamers.  Welcome.
Downtown is not just a destination, but an experience.  This is a place where incredible people achieve incredible feats.  Where their aspirations soar above all other.  This is a place where DREAMERS are WELCOME.  Join us, a group of dreamers, who once had an idea of opening up a small business, and are making those dreams a reality on St. Cloud's Downtown.  We are building a community.  A community that is making it happen together; a community that shares successes and creates unmatched experiences.  Watch our stories unfold.
In This Issue
Dreamers Welcome
By the Numbers
Downtown Map
Workplace Well-Being Summit
News, Announcements
Downtown Constructio Alerts
Renew Your Membership
By the Numbers
 Where are we at today?
  • Greater Downtown is 0.61 square miles
  • 623 total businesses
  • 9,826 employees
  • 1,910 residents
  • $293.1 million in estimated market value
Let's make our Downtown a place of unity where residents and visitors, at work or play, feel attached to and responsible for.
Updated Downtown Map
Quite often as soon as you print something, it becomes outdated.  However, it is still nice to have a physical document in your hands to reference.  We worked with ThinkTourism, USA to update the Downtown (core) map.  Click on the picture to the right to download and print as you need.  All Downtown parking ramps have these to distribute to our guests.  This map is also included in the 2016 Visitors Guide. 
Workplace Well-Being Summit Feb. 10
The third annual GSDC Workplace Well-Being Summit will be held on February 10.  The Summit is one of five activities in the GSDC Workplace Well-Being Initiative which provides resources for and information about creating a culture of well-being in the workplace, to employers.  
The Summit is for business owners, executives, and professionals in human resources and workplace well-being.  There is no cost to attend the event and a complimentary lunch will be provided..   All are welcome - you do not need to be an investor in the GSDC in order to attend.  However, registration is needed for planning purposes.

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News, Announcements & Events
7 West Taphouse Now Open Now open at 28 5th Ave S.  (320) 774-2936.  Open daily 11am - 1am

Congratulations Class of 2015 

Eunice Adjei-Bosompen, Christy Gilleland, Jed A. Meyer, Luke Riordan and Willow Sweeney Flaherty; Named to Class of 2015 5 Under 40. 

SAFETY NET Invitation.  Click HERE to register.   

Greater St. Cloud Talent Summit January 21st
The Talent Summit is a one-day conference providing an opportunity for businesses to attract local talent and for job seekers to connect with St. Cloud employers, strengthening the greater St. Cloud community. The Talent Summit will feature keynote speakers Anne Pryor and Rose McKinney, employer and job seeker breakout sessions, networking, a career fair, and more. Register today

Invest in Your Employees.  Their Future is Your Future. 

Chamber Business After Hours Hosted by DTC Members
Thursday, February 18, 4:30 - 6:30 @ Sentry Bank Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 - 6:30 @ Kelly Inn, Boser & Indigo Signworks
Tuesday, June 7, 4:30 - 6:30 @ Bernick's
Thursday, July 14, 4:30 - 6:30 @ D.J. Bitzan Jewelers
Tuesday, August 9, 4:30 - 6:30 @ Courtyard Marriott 
Downtown Construction Alerts
There are many exciting large projects happening in Downtown.  Seeing cranes is a sign of progress.  However, construction can also cause added parking challenges for Downtown businesses and their customers.

Staying informed about the construction projects is extremely important.  One way to do that is to sign up for Downtown Construction Alerts.  Go to for detour guide maps, downtown parking maps and to get updates.  
Renew Your Membership TODAY
Thank you for membership this past year - we are truly grateful and hope you found value as a member. As we ask you to renew, we, too, want to renew our commitment to you. If there is anything we can do to help your business prosper, we are here and happy to assist.
Today, more than ever, we need your vision, investment and your elbow grease as we prepare for 2016, continuing our quest to build a healthier, stronger, denser urban community. Much work remains to be done, and we need the best and the brightest to help get it done right.

We're proud of what we've been able to do and we could not have done it without our members.   
St. Cloud's Downtown
Working on behalf of our members for the betterment of Downtown, the heart of the region.

"Downtown is our face
to the world."

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Our Members
Check out our web site for the full list of our members and partners. 
Our Board
Check out our web site for the full list of our Board of Directors. 
Our Board

2016 Executive Comm:
Lisa Ellis, Vice Chair
Gail Ruhland, Treasurer
Sonja Gidlow, Secretary
Penny White, At-Large
Tami DeLand, Past Chair
Our Committees
Get involved in shaping the future of Downtown. 

Membership Development 
Business Retention/  

Winter Festival
Downtown Visioning

Members - Share Your News
DTC members should remember that this newsletter is a FREE way to share your news, announcements, events, etc.  Simply send an email to Pegg by the end of week.  

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Become Great?

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And why investing in Downtown is so important  --  it's all about ROI.  LEARN MORE 

River's Edge Convention Center
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 River's Edge Convention Center calendar of events

Our Organization
St. Cloud Downtown Council
& Alliance Foundation
1010 W. St. Germain Street, Suite 250
St. Cloud, MN  56301

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