31 January 2011

people love downtown!

A recent press release in the Star Tribune, very cool:

Duluth Retail Contest: Lease for nothing, ads for free

Call it "urban renewal" 2011 style.

The Greater Downtown Council of Duluth is offering a year of free rent on its main downtown drag--Superior Street--to two entrepreneurs who can come up with a new retail concept for downtown.  The contest is called "Go Downtown, Grow Downtown, the Great Space Giveaway. 

Applicants have until Feb. 28 to submit a two-page business plan for either a new start up store or a store expansion from another location. Finalists then will be asked to submit a detailed business plan.  The winners will receive rent-free space, a free advertising package with the Duluth News Tribune, free marketing services from Out There Advertising, consulting and a loan package from the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.

"This is a great way to generate excitement about our downtown, assist an entrepreneur in their dream and show how serious our downtown stakeholders are about attracting new retail to our central business district," said Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council.  For contest details, including rules and how to enter, visit http://www.downtownduluth.com

Go Duluth!

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