Downtown is on the move. With many small businesses entering and relocating within downtown, visitor numbers rising, road project starts and completions and reliable city services, downtown is trending in the right direction. You play an important role in this ongoing growth and revitalization that benefits the Fairbanks community.
Your Downtown Association also plays an important role by helping downtown compete for the community’s interest, free time, discretionary spending and investment. Among other things in the last twelve months, the Downtown Association:
- Aggregated $37,000 of private sector donations to enable the city to purchase the Polaris out of tax foreclosure so that it can be demolished someday;
- Marketed downtown businesses in local media, social media;
- Aggregated $110,000 of private sector donations which we hand over to the city of Fairbanks for the Community Service Patrol, which aids chronically inebriated people in need while making public spaces welcoming;
- Created from scratch a monthly Third Thursday block party series on 2nd Avenue to bring additional vitality to downtown;
- Swept sidewalks, picked trash and trimmed hedges – whatever it takes to sustain a positive business climate;
- Hosted large community events downtown – the Midnight Sun Festival and the Alyeska Pipeline Celebration of Lights.
But we can’t do all these things alone. We need your help to continue the many projects we’ve undertaken to elevate downtown. We hope you’ll join our membership in 2019. We will promote downtown, ensure it’s share of public services, advocate for you and keep you informed on downtown’s news and pressing issues.
Like you, we believe that an active downtown is good for business and for our community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in 2019!