Rob Bacigalupi has been a part of the DDA for 19 years. His passions for collaboration, growth, and data can only be exceeded by his love for Downtown Traverse City. Rob may be leaving his position at the DDA in December, but his legacy can be seen all over downtown. For this month's newsletter, we asked Rob to reflect on his tenure at the DDA. --
Last month, I celebrated 19 years at the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, just as my tenure here comes to a close. It truly has been a pleasure and honor serving the many merchants, entrepreneurs, property owners, volunteers and residents, who make downtown the great place it is.
Much has changed since I was hired by Bryan Crough in 1998. Coming from Metro Detroit, the limited dining options back then were a bit of a shock to me. And other than the peak of summer, there was not much going on after six o’clock downtown. Today, with nearly 60 eating establishments, many of which are packed late into the evening, downtown is as vibrant as ever.
In my tenure at the DDA, I’ve helped building parking decks, streets and sidewalks, bridges, and even helped designate a historic district. As Executive Director, I helped transform the Warehouse District, and evolved the DDA into a data-driven organization. Of course downtown’s success has been a team effort. Besides the amazing downtown business and a support from the City, the DDA has always had an awesome DDA staff, and still do. My replacement will find the most talented and capable staff of any downtown in the state.
As great as downtowns is today, the sky is the limit for the future. Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this amazing place! --
Thank you Rob for being a champion for our Downtown and a great leader to all of us here at the DDA. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Shop Your Community Day
Shop Your Community Day will return November 11th! This is a great event that makes the joy of shopping even more exciting! 15% of every purchase at participating businesses downtown will go to the participating non-profit the customer selects! With nearly 60 merchants participating and 40 non-profits involved, it will be easy to earn funds for your favorite local non-profit. For a list of businesses and non-profits participating, CLICK HERE.
Santa's Arrival Gets a Makeover!
After years of Santa's Arrival in downtown Traverse City , this year we having Santa come to town in our first holiday Light Parade!
Small Business Saturday & Holiday Deals
The holidays are right around the corner and the Downtown Office will gearing up to promote Downtown TC as your holiday shopping destination. Shop Small Saturday is on November 25. The Downtown Office will serve as a Community Champion. If you are interested in promotional swag or you have a deal going on for this day, please fill out THIS FORM.
Free Parking Starts in the Hardy Parking Garage November 15-January 15th. Beginning November 15th, free parking will be offered at the Larry C. Hardy Parking Garage weekdays after 6pm and all day on Saturday and Sundays. $10 Overnight parking rates will apply for anyone who enters in the evening and exits the following day. Additional free parking can be found in signed permit lots on weekdays before 8am and after 6pm all day on weekends. As always, free overnight parking from 6pm until 8am Monday-Saturday and all day on Sunday can be found on the ground level of the Old Town Parking Garage.
As of January 1, 2018, we will no longer sell annual permits or quarterly permits. All permits will be sold in 1 month increments, and may be purchased for no more than 12 months at a time. The permit rates will be $48 per month for the parking structures, and $36 per month for the surface lots. All parking structures will require an access (RFID proximity) card which is $6. The access card fee will apply to all new permits. Lost access cards may be replaced at $6. Daily permits will still be available online for $2.
The Cocoa Crawl
On Sunday December 3rd, the DTCA will be hosting the first Cocoa Crawl. To round off a weekend of Santa Claus coming to town, we will be having a hot chocolate competition in downtown Traverse City. The event takes place from 11am - 3pm on Sunday.
Maps of participating businesses will be available at www.downtowntc.com closer to Santa's Arrival.
If you believe you have what it takes to win the Best Cocoa of 2017, please fill out the form by clicking HERE. Bring your innovation and may the best cocoa win!
APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 15TH
Snow Removal & the Golden Shovel
Snow is on its way! Please remember to keep your sidewalks clean and free of snow and ice throughout the winter season. If possible, try to pile the snow around trees and keep the meters and bike racks clear. Also, for those business near bumpouts, please do NOT pile snow in the bumpouts, but rather help keep them tidy by clearing snow from them. The merchant that helps lead this charge and shows exemplary work removing snow will be rewarded with the Golden Shovel. Get your shovels ready to take home the gold! We will be taking nominations all winter!
Walking in a Window Wonderland
The Downtown Traverse City Association is pleased to announce the Walking in a Window Wonderland competition for 2017.
The purpose of the contest is to promote the businesses and the spirit of holiday shopping season in Downtown Traverse City and extend activities through the weekend after Santa Arrives.
The window competition will be judged by the people and also incorporate an "eye spy" component in order to have create more excitement and participation. Downtown staff will coordinate the "eye spy" component once the windows are completed.
Windows should be completed by November 24th. 1st place receives a $100 Downtown Gift Certificate, 2nd place receives a $50 Downtown Gift Certificate, and 3rd place will receive a $25 Downtown Gift Certificate.
Ballots will be available at participating stores the weekend of December 1st and due by December 3rd at Santa's House. To sign up to participate CLICK HERE.
APPLICATIONS DUE: NOVEMBER 15TH
Bridal Show News
After 20 years, the DTCA has made the difficult decision to no longer host the Downtown Bridal Show. We are pleased to announce that MyNorth Media will be hosting a Bridal Show in April 2018. The format will be different than a traditional bridal show and we believe this will open the opportunity for increased participation and attendance. For more information, please contact Jill Hayes at email@example.com.
Downtown Gift Certificate Makes the Perfect Gift
The DTCA's nationally recognized gift certificate program earned over $566,000 in 2016! No other gift gives so many options while supporting the local community at the same time. Great for employees, educators, and that hard to shop for somebody! Purchase at the Downtown TC Office located at 303 E Sate Street, Suite C, or order online here. Call 231-922-2050 and we will prepare your order in advance for easy pickup!
New Member Benefit: Classified Listing
The DTCA will be paying for a classified listing in the Ticker the second week of every month that shares the downtown jobs page. If you're a DTCA member and have an open position, feel free to complete THIS FORM by the first Friday of the month.
Sweater weather is upon us! October was an odd month of fluctuating temps, but it's official - Sweater Weather is upon us! Be sure to stop in at Cali's to make sure you're enjoying the season in style!
Shop Your Community Day
Santa's Arrival & Holiday Open House December 1
Walking in a Window Wonderland December 1-3
The Downtown Cocoa Crawl December 3, 11am - 3pm
Ladies' Night December 7, 5pm-9pm
Men's Night December 14, 5pm-9pm
DDA & DTCA BOARD
DTCA Board Meeting November 9th 303 E. State St.
DDA Board Meeting
November 17th 400 Boardman Ave.
The Camera Shoppe
No northern Michigan Autumnal exploration is complete without a camera to capture the beauty of our area. Luckily, the Camera Shoppe has perfected the way to help you capture the best memories!