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Idaho Main Street Program in Full Swing

Last week, the Idaho Department of Commerce announced its support of the Main Street program and named an Idaho Main Street Executive Director.

Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets - from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts (information taken from http://www.mainstreet.org/).

In the past year, the Downtown Nampa Association has paticipated in several Main Street trainings and has adopted the Main Street model. Since then, the Downtown Nampa Association has made great strides in organization, event planning and partnering with those outside Nampa's downtown in its efforts toward revitilization.

Nampa's group of Downtown leaders continues to need the assistance of enagaged citizens and leaders in the community. If you're interested in finding out how you can help, or joining a Downtown Nampa committee, contact Alli Schisler at 468-5430 or info@cityofnampa.us.

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Nampa Development Corporation Budget Process

In the coming months, the Nampa Development Corporation will be finalizing its budget for FY13. A bulk of NDCs budget will go toward financing the new public library, set for completion in 2014.

Join us for NDC's budget workshop on Monday, July 9 at 10:00 am in the Baker Rm of the Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building.

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City Council Takes Another Step Toward a New Library

As you know, Nampans have been waiting for a new library for many years. In February, the Nampa Development Corporation named the Gardner Company as the Master Developer of the "Pivot Block." Since then, the Gardner Company has been working closely with the City and the Nampa Development Corporation, developing a contract and solidifying site plans.

Last night, the Nampa City Council passed a resolution that moved the City closer to a new library. City Council took the first step in a two part process to exchange the downtown block bordered by 12th Avenue South, 11th Avenue South, 2nd Street South and 3rd Street South (the "Pivot Block") for the new Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building.

The exchange will essentially transfer ownership of the Public Safety Building to the City of Nampa and will allow the Nampa Development Corporation to move forward with redevelopment plans for the block. The current plan is for the block to house the new library (woohoo!), a parking garage and office and retail space. The proposed transfer will be a straight property swap and will not include an exchange of cash.

Once the exchange is complete and the development contract with the Gardner Company is solidified, we look forward to releasing site renderings, concepts and hearing your input on the project.

ICSC ReCon

Our staff recently attended the ICSC Recon conference in Las Vegas. This annual event is the global convention for the shopping center industry and is attended by retailers and real estate professionals from around the world. This year's event had more than 30,000 attendees from 50 countries and every continent but Antarctica! With over 1,000 exhibitors this was the largest attendance in the past 3 years. The opening keynote featured Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestselling books Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers. His comments were fascinating and spoke to the importance of community connectedness and sense of place in today's era of social isolation.

In addition to the conference, we had 11 scheduled meetings with local and national brokers, developers and retailers and spoke to many others on the show floor. We met with the owners of the largest retail developments in Nampa including the Nampa Gateway Center, Treasure Valley Marketplace, and the Karcher Mall. The mood of developers and retailers was upbeat and extremely positive and we learned of several new projects planned for our area in the coming months.




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