March 4th Lunch and Learn: “The Central Social District – The Key to Tomorrow’s Successful Downtown”

CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAININGS

The following 1.5 hour webinar sessions qualify for Continuing Education credits which are required annually of elected officials, board and commission members and employees involved in planning and zoning matters that have already completed the mandated orientation training.

 

FRIDAY
MARCH 4, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

“The Central Social District: The Key to Tomorrow’s Successful Downtown”

For decades, the terms Central Business District, CBD and downtown were used almost interchangeably because, functionally, downtowns were dominated by retail stores, office based businesses, professionals and government agencies, along with some hotels and maybe entertainment venues. Today, in downtowns large and small, the CBD functions are being rivaled or even surpassed by their Central Social District (CSD) functions. That includes housing, restaurants and watering holes, and vibrant entertainment niches that include not only venues for formal entertainments such cinemas, theaters, museums and concert halls, but also lively parks, plazas, and other gathering areas. Your downtown’s competitive advantage is therefore changing in important ways. Looking beyond the draw of specialty retail and entertainment, innovative downtown leaders and community planners are seizing on the opportunity to re-brand and fully embrace the downtown as the “heart of the community” where people come to gather, celebrate, meet friends, and make new ones. Case studies from two communities will illustrate how the CSD concept supports (and in fact drives) downtown economic development. Participants will also learn about innovative ways to help fund this next wave of downtown investment.

 

BAG LUNCHES ARE WELCOME DURING WEBINARS

Registration for these continuing education webinars is not required but appreciated.

For more information, please contact:

Vonie Gilreath, MCRP, M.Ed.
Senior Planner/Mobility Manager
vonieg@bcdcog.com
Tel (843) 529-0400 ext. 202.

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