City's Placemaking Forum

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Name: City's Placemaking Forum
Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Commercial District Placemaking Panel by the City of Somerville Economic Development Team

How can business owners & residents make their squares more vibrant destinations?
Join us for this panel discussion and networking opportunity to learn about existing models and to brainstorm for your own neighborhood.
Join us for this panel and networking session about how to make your business district or neighborhood a more vibrant, welcoming space.

About this Event

Squares and commercial districts are important spaces for gathering as a community. Placemaking is the concept of making these spaces more interesting and memorable locations to visit, which can improve the quality of these public areas and increase foot traffic for local businesses. Placemaking can include almost anything: events, public art, activities, performances, benches, and planters.

How do these cool things happen? There are several different models, from Main Streets organizations to grassroots business associations to resident advocacy to Business Improvement Districts and everything in between.

At this event, we will hear from three people who work tirelessly to ensure their districts are places people want to be:

  • Jason Alvez, Executive Director of East Cambridge Business Association
  • Jessica Eshleman, Executive Director of Union Square Main Streets
  • Michael Monestime, Executive Director of the Central Square Business Improvement District

Panelists will share how their models work and lessons they've learned from years of supporting their business districts. There will be plenty of time for questions as well as networking. 

31 Union Square 
Somerville MA 02143 
Date/Time Information:
6:00 - 8:00 P..M. 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 
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