Alliance News
Week of April 30, 2018
Events Coming Soon!
As sunny days grow longer and more frequent, there are more opportunities to have fun in Olympia. Check out these great upcoming events:
 
 
  • The Popinjay presents a Kristin Ford Trunk Show: May 4-5, 2018. See the event on Facebook (and picture in the newsletter below).
 

  • Third Thursday, Downtown in Bloom, an Alliance event: May 17, 2018. Learn more at OlyThirdThursday.com

 
 
Have an event that you would like featured? Easily add it to our calendar here .
April Downtown Academy - An Update on the Artesian Commons
 
April’s Downtown Academy hosted Luke Burns, Recreation Program Specialist for the Olympia Artesian Commons. Burns highlighted new city programs to address challenges and increase community participation at the park. The park includes a free flowing artesian well that is a widely known historic landmark. 
 
The city has brought in two Well Hosts to facilitate fun and engaging activities on site seven days a week. Two Park Rangers also have been assigned to the park to support a decrease in drugs and alcohol, violence and litter. These four positions have made it possible for the city to offer 100+ hours of summer events at the park. For more information about the park, contact lburns@ci.olympia.wa.us
 
Each month the Downtown Alliance holds an academy that is open to those who work and live in Downtown Olympia. For more information on the Academy, email smcmaus@downtownolympia.org .
Ambassadors Honored for their work Downtown

Recently, the  Dispute Resolution Center awarded the Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award to Teal Russell and Katherine Trahan, the Downtown Ambassadors for the City of Olympia. The Downtown Ambassadors Program is partially funded by the PBIA. PBIA’s mission is to assist in creating a vibrant, dynamic business environment and enhancing the reality and perception of downtown by visitors, residents and business owners.
 
The Ambassador program has been very successful in using a mental-health peer recovery model. The ambassadors have training in peer counseling and they take a mental health-empathy approach when defusing conflicts that sometimes arise between individuals. 
 
Congrats to Teal and Katherine for their great work in the heart of Olympia!
FREE - Business Coaching for Downtown Businesses
Take advantage of a great, new program brought to you by the Olympia Downtown Alliance… DO-BIS! This program offers downtown businesses free individual business advising sessions. EDC Business Coach Christine Buckley has assisted dozens of downtown businesses over the years. DO-BIS is offered in partnership with the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), and funded by the City of Olympia.

For more information, call us at 360-357-8948 or email Todd Cutts at tcutts@downtownolympia.org .
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