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Economic Vitality After Pulse Tragedy

Members of the Downtown South community met on June 15, 2016 to discuss the effects of the terrible tragedy that happened at Pulse Orlando on June 12, 2016.  Following please find notes from the meeting: Sarah Elbadri, Downtown South Executive Director, and Pauline Eaton, City of Orlando Main Streets Coordinator, opened the meeting and welcomed attendees.  Sarah briefly went over the reason for the meeting, which was how to discuss Downtown South could support community businesses and residents.  She introduced the implementation of a coalition that will directly work on the effects of the Pulse Orlando tragedy on local businesses. Sarah read the list of businesses that have been required to close for the continuation of the FBI investigation and asked that the community continue to support the open businesses.  The list of closed businesses are: Einstein Bagels Wendy’s Radio Shack Connect PCS Cellphone Repair Liberty Tax Game Face Tattoo No. 1 Celebrity Barbershop Orlando ProCare Pro Tint Pulse Orlando Dunkin’ Donuts Pavlik Professional Center Pavlik Chiropractic Standup MRI of Orlando Orlando Foot & Ankle Clinic S. Orange Physical Therapy Pavlik Yoga SODO Shopping Center is still open but only accessible from the back. Pauline Eaton and Holly Vanture reminded attendees that we can also support open businesses with online, delivery, carry out (if possible) orders and asked that we share this with others. Dr. Dan Pavlik offered condolences and stated that the FBI has shut down Pavlik Professional Center for the indefinite future.  They have been told that the anticipated time of closure is 7-10 business days.  Dr. Pavlik also advised all to offer the FBI any video coverage that you may have and requested that Downtown South keep affected businesses informed on how to apply for any state or federal disaster fund aid offered.  He also asked the continuing of coordinated communication during this time and praised Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and the City of Orlando for their leadership during this time. With businesses being forced to close, Jon Toothman from Radio Shack spoke about revenue opportunities available by renting parking, internet access, and/or power to media. David Porter from David Porter Communications/Lucy Bluez asked if we could learn anything from previous tragedy economic aftermaths such 9/11.  He recommended working together to highlight Downtown South businesses with an event, campaign, etc. in a tasteful manner.  As a journalist, he understands that media is often looking for a “second day story.”  In our case, it would be how Downtown South has been economically affected by the tragedy.  This may be something that the coalition being formed can work on.  Pauline will speak to the City’s Communication team to see if Mayor Dyer can be involved. A representative from Fleet Feet Orlando recommended that everyone look at their insurance policies for what can be provided for business interruption insurance or if your business has opted in for terrorism insurance.  Downtown South will be able to provide official road closure information needed to submit any insurance or disaster fund claims.  Marilyn Costello, a Wadeview neighborhood resident, said that she has information to share about business insurance claims that occurred after the Boston marathon tragedy (Downtown South will share once we receive). Pauline Eaton urged all to follow Downtown South on social media since that is the quickest way to provide updates: Downtown South Facebook Downtown South Instagram Downtown South Twitter Janelle Middents, Downtown South Board Member, stated that recovery is going to take an army with a long term vision.  She asked if, when the time is right, that we could have our power house organizations who have been showing so much support now continue to show support to Downtown South businesses in the future.  Pauline urged attendees to join Downtown South committees to help with the recovery process. Michael Anderson from Edward Jones Financial Services asked if their were ongoing counseling opportunities available.  A resource guide was distributed that included counseling opportunities and other ways to help. Kelly Galea, local business owner, asked that Downtown South be very specific when asking for help, as well as directing people to local businesses (provide websites). Discussion ensued about traffic.  Jason Burton, Chief Planner, from the City of Orlando, will speak to the City’s Transportation department about utilization of signs and signal light adjustments. President Obama will be visiting Downtown South on Thursday, June 16, 2016.  No details have been released. Sarah offered some short-term that Downtown South is working on: Economic Revitalization Coalition Open letter from Downtown South Campaign around Downtown South businesses The meeting ended.  Attendees were asked to indicate or the sign in sheet if they would like to join the coalition or you may also fill out the form below. Fill out my Wufoo form! The easy to use Wufoo form builder helps you make forms easy, fast, and...

2017 Calendar Press Release

2017 Calendar Press Release

Downtown South Marketing Coordinator Job Description

Downtown South is currently searching for a Marketing Coordinator for Downtown South. This part-time position reports directly to the Downtown South Executive Director. Candidates who apply must be proficient in the following tasks, as well as be able and willing to perform them on a timely basis. Administrative membership management through use of membership software.  Must be willing and able to learn new software.  Must also be able to interface with members in-person, through emails, and on the phone. Social media updates through a number of different platforms.  Must be able schedule updates and be familiar with Downtown South initiatives that need to be promoted. Work with committees to produce community events. Must be able to execute grass roots marketing efforts such as weekly e-blasts, some graphic design, research, etc. Candidate must be a self-starter with a proactive point of view.  Must be able to work with volunteers and members. About Downtown South: The Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District (the “DSNID”) is a 770-acre area (see the Downtown South District Map attached hereto as Exhibit “A”). The DSNID consists of the 770 acre Local Government Neighborhood Improvement District (“the LGNID”), the Downtown South Main Street Program (the “DSMS”) area covering 550 acres, and Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement Taxing District containing 500 acres. DSMS has entered into a management agreement with the DSNID and responsible for the administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities of the DSNID in accordance with the Downtown South Neighborhood Plan. The core of Downtown South begins at the corner of Orange Avenue and Gore Street and extends to the corner of Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. See Exhibit A for map of district. The Downtown South Main Street is a non-profit organization established in 2007 and is one of 9 Main Street programs initiated by the City of Orlando. With matching grant dollars from the City of Orlando, a group of volunteers created Downtown South Main Street to economically develop the district. Downtown South is a membership driven organization and accepts both business and residential members. Anyone living and/or doing business in the district is eligible for membership. Downtown South operates through membership dollars and support (financial, in-kind, and volunteer) from community partners. Downtown South operates under the National Main Street principles and focuses on the areas of Organization, Design, Promotions, and Economic Vitality. See Exhibit B for descriptions on these principles. Requirements and Experience Experience in both private and public development is desired. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, marketing, public or business administration or similar relevant field of study Experience in project management is essential. Candidate must demonstrate excellent writing skills. Experience with WordPress a plus Skill in the use of Microsoft Office and ability to learn new software. Ability to effectively meet all deadlines. Exhibits: Exhibit A: Map of District Exhibit B: Main Street Principles/Committees  Please send cover letter by email to: Jason Burton Jason.Burton@cityoforlando.net No Phone Calls please Deadline to submit: October 9, 2015 at 4 pm. Exhibit A: Exhibit B: Design Committee The Design Committee encourages physical improvements to the area.  This includes facade upgrades, banners for the district, bike racks, street-scapes, etc.  People with a background in architecture or art and design are encouraged to join, as well as anyone else interested in helping Downtown South look the best it can.  The Design Committee will work closely with the Economic Vitality Committee on DSNID efforts. Economic Vitality Committee Committee members work on a number of projects, including identifying and speaking with potential business owners, conducting market studies, and promoting networking between businesses. Organization Committee The Organization Committee assist with the overall management of Downtown South through oversight, fundraising, and our membership program.  Residents, merchants, commercial property owners are all great for this committee, along with those with an accounting background, media representatives, and volunteer specialists. Promotions Committee The purpose of this committee is to promote Downtown South through creative marketing, public relations, advertising, and events.      ...

Downtown South Executive Director Job Description

Downtown South is currently searching for an Executive Director. This role will be responsible for managing the Downtown South Main Street district, as well as the Neighborhood Improvement District (DSNID). See below for list of functions. This individual must be a self-starter with dynamic communication skills. The Executive Director will interface regularly with the Main Street Board of Directors, DSNID Advisory Council, working committee members and general membership. Excellent organization skills will help this individual in this role. Knowledge of design principles and vernacular is necessary. The Executive Director will manage one coordinator. Interns may be hired, as long as the Executive Director can manage the team. Executive Director will work closely with committee members to execute Main Street initiatives. The role is a full time salaried position and may include after business hour work (9 am – 5 pm weekdays) that may include event execution, meetings, etc. Besides regular business hours, Executive Director is expected to attend before/after hours and weekend meetings and events. The Executive Director must be able to function with considerable independence on a day-to-day basis in performing job related activities and is held accountable for results. The role of Executive Director reports directly to and is managed by the Downtown South Main Street Board of Directors. Downtown South Main Street has a contract with the NI­D to execute deliverables.  The Executive Director will be responsible for a broad range of functions, including but not limited to: Main Street Responsibilities: Recruit new residential members and community partners and retain current members. Must be able to learn membership software. Attend and participate in all Board of Directors and committee meetings (see exhibit B). Work with committees on all Main Street initiatives (and marketing of initiatives) such as event production, membership initiatives, design and beautification efforts, economic development opportunities, etc. Develop annual plans with committees (including budgets) and executive throughout the year. Marketing includes weekly e-blasts, social media posts, press releases, etc. Maintain and regularly update the DowntownSouthOrlando.org website Report to Main Street Board of Directors and community about DSNID efforts. Fundraise to (at least) meet City of Orlando matching grant dollars. DSNID Responsibilities: Creating, implementing and managing the DSNID annual and long-term budgets, capital improvement plans, as well as the DSNID Neighborhood Improvement Plan. Helping land owners and business owners find ways to develop their land and improve their business opportunities. Educating Downtown South stakeholders regarding financing mechanisms such as: Special Benefit Assessment Areas (“SBAA”) and/or Municipal Service Taxing Units (“MSTU”). Identifying and applying for grants from various private and governmental organizations and managing applicable projects through completion, including receipt of “as built” plans as appropriate. Supporting the DSNID Neighborhood Improvement Plan activities with City staff at various levels. Serving as the DSNID representative on the City’s Technical Review Committee to review proposed development projects in the DSNID. Attending and participating at bi-monthly DSNID Advisory Council meetings. Updating the DSNID webpage on the City of Orlando’s website in a timely manner. Developing and maintaining detailed tracking systems for ongoing and upcoming projects. Meeting with land developers and securing development contracts within the DSNID. Responsible for implementation of capital improvement projects that have been approved by the DSNID Advisory Council and City Council, as appropriate, including preparing and issuing Requests for Proposals and Requests for Quotes/Qualifications. Joint Main Street and DSNID responsibilities: Manage one coordinator who will primarily work on marketing, organizational, and event focused initiatives. Coordinate an annual meeting between DSNID Advisory Council and Main Street Board of Directors to ensure collaborative efforts. Be face of both DSNID and Main Street in the community, as well as to potential funding partners and the City of Orlando. Maintain consistent Downtown South brand locally, statewide, and nationally through public relations, design standards, marketing efforts, etc. Recruit and manage community volunteers. About Downtown South: The Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District (the “DSNID”) is a 770-acre area (see the Downtown South District Map attached hereto as Exhibit “A”). The DSNID consists of the 770 acre Local Government Neighborhood Improvement District (“the LGNID”), the Downtown South Main Street Program area covering 550 acres, and Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement Taxing District containing 500 acres. DSMS has entered into a management agreement with the DSNID and responsible for the administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities of the DSNID in accordance with the Downtown South Neighborhood Plan. The DSNID has an Advisory Council. The Advisory Council develops an operating budget, strategic plan, capital improvements plan and financing plan for review and approval by a Governing Board. The Orlando City Council is the Governing Board. The Downtown South Main Street district was established in 2007. Downtown South is one of 9 Main Street programs initiated by the City of Orlando. With matching grant dollars from the City of Orlando, a group of volunteers created Downtown South Main Street to economically develop the district.   Downtown South is a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors. The core of Downtown South begins at the corner of Orange Avenue and Gore Street and extends to the corner of Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. See Exhibit A for map of district. Downtown South is a membership organization and accepts both business and residential members. Anyone who is living and/or does business in the Downtown South district is eligible for membership. Downtown South operates through membership dollars and support (financial, in-kind, and volunteer) from community partners. Downtown South operates under the National...

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