Traverse City was named the ‘Strongest Town in North America’ after winning a bracket-style competition through Strong Towns, a national non-profit. For the past month, Traverse City has been competed head-to-head against towns across North America, and won each round thanks to the strength of voter support. Strong Towns released an article congratulating Traverse City on the win, stating the following:
“Throughout the contest, we learned about Traverse City's fun-loving, active population that takes pride in its local businesses and collaboratively addresses challenges. Traverse City stood out as a town where multi-modal transportation is key, where small businesses thrive, and where natural beauty is beloved and prioritized.”
Thank you to all who voted! To view the article by Strong Towns, click here.
Downtown TC Job Fair
The DTCA will be hosting a Job Fair on Sunday, April 30th at the Park Place Hotel from 12-3pm. If you are interested in having a table at the Job Fair please fill out THIS FORM. Deadline for participation is April 3rd. If you are interested in attending, please visit the event page HERE.
BATA & Google Transit
BATA Routes are now fully integrated with Google Transit, via googlemaps.com, and the Google Maps app! Riders can now type into Google Maps or BATA's Trip Planning tool, and it will auto-generate the routes, fare costs & frequency.
Parking Services and Violations Bureau Parking Services has moved back into their offices located in the Hardy Parking Garage (303 E State St)..
Parking Permit Renewal 1st Quarter permits expire on March 31. Permits will need to be renewed for the 2nd Quarter by April 2 to avoid lock-out from garages, and comply with lot enforcement.
Downtown Coupon Book
The Downtown Coupon Book will go to print in late April. Each year, the DTCA provides nearly 10,000 coupon books in welcome bags to visiting conferences in the area. Current participants will remain in the book with extended expiration dates unless otherwise notified. You must be a DTCA member to participate & members may have a coupon in the book for FREE. Artwork for coupons must be submitted no later than April 20th.
Artwork dimensions for the coupon book are 6" by 1.7" and can be emailed as either a PDF or JPG image to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration for Young Children
The Celebration for Young Children will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 11 am to 2 pm. If you are interested in hosting an activity or displaying children’s artwork in your window for the day, please email email@example.com.
Spring Downtown Art Walk
The Downtown Art Walk will return on Friday, May 5 from 5 to 9 pm. Nearly 20 different Downtown merchants will be partnering with local artists and wineries to host a self-guided tour that is sure to excite the senses. For more information on the event, click HERE.
Farmers Market Applications
Applications for the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market are now available. Applications are due April 10th. If you are interested in being a part of the market, visit .
Downtown Job Postings
One of the perks of DTCA membership is free job listings on our website! Submit your job openings to firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted HERE.
Lyle DeYoung Nominations
The DTCA is seeking nominations for the 2016 Lyle DeYoung & Golden Shovel Awards. Please submit nominations in writing to email@example.com no later than May 2nd. A committee will select the winners and announce them at the Downtown Annual Dinner on June 8th.
The 8th Annual Traverse City Chocolate Festival
The Traverse City Chocolate Festival continues to get better every year, and you're invited to attend the largest chocolate festival in Michigan once again! This decadent event is a fundraiser for the Northwest Food Coalition, and takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 11:30am-2:00pm at the City Opera House.
BATA Get downtown with ease! BATA delivers more than half a million rides to Grand Traverse & Leelanau counties, with 12 fixed-routes to choose from. One-way fares starting at $1.50 with reduced fare available. Now linked with Google Transit, Find us on Google Maps, Bata.net or call 231-941-2324.
Celebration for Young Children
Spring Downtown Art Walk May 5th
Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market
Saturday Markets Opening Day: May 6
May 6, 13, 20, & 27
DDA & DTCA BOARDS
DTCA Board Meeting
DDA Board Meeting
400 Boardman Ave.
LILIES OF THE ALLEY
Stop by Lilies of the Alley on State Street and surround yourself with bright colors and fresh fragrances that come with the spring season. Whether you're looking to send flowers to someone special, in search of a florist for your wedding, or simply want to brighten up your home with something fresh, Lilies of the Alley will be there to help.
GOOD MORNING DOWNTOWN
8:15 am - Social
8:30 am - Meeting Begins
US-31 (Grandview Parkway) Lane Shifts Scheduled Completion: June 9, 2017