NDDC Accepting Applications for Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is accepting applications for the role of Executive Director.

The Executive Director reports to the NDDC Board and is an active and engaged advocate for Downtown Northfield, Minnesota Main Street and Main Street America programs, especially in sharing information, goals and accomplishments of the NDDC to critical community and city stakeholders and partners. They serve as the primary program manager responsible for advancing the work of the organization’s committees, task forces and special initiative aligned to Main Street requirements and contractual agreements with the City of Northfield. This position is a part-time salaried role, requiring a commitment of 20 hours per week.

Please review the detailed job description that outlines the expected responsibilities and desired qualifications.  The search committee will accept and review applications through February 22, 2019. Interested candidates should submit a current resume or CV, and 3-5 professional references to NDDCSearchCommittee@outlook.com.

 

NDDC Executive Director resigns

Executive Director Jenni Roney has submitted a letter of resignation to the NDDC board of directors. Her resignation will be effective January 24, 2019.

Jenni had a number of accomplishments during her time with the NDDC. In 2017, she redesigned a favorite summer community event formerly called “Taste of Northfield.” Renamed “Downtown Taste Tour”, the event now has a format that has proven to be much more effective for both attendees and participating food establishments. That same year she orchestrated a project to upgrade the holiday tree lighting in Bridge Square.

In early 2018, Jenni guided the NDDC through a successful application process resulting in Northfield being named a Designated Minnesota Main Street community by the state chapter of Main Street America, a national program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are less than a dozen communities in Minnesota that have achieved this designation.

Also in 2018, Jenni helped launch a new event program called “First Friday Art Night”. Using a combination of indoor and outdoor events, the program has highlighted the artistic talents of the community and attracted residents and visitors alike to the vibrant Friday night scene downtown. Most recently, Jenni wrote a successful application that awarded Northfield a two-year $30,000 Artists on Main Street Grant. This program will provide small stipends for 10-15 artists each year to be used to produce public art in the downtown district.

“Jenni Roney has been the NDDC Executive Director since 2016 and during that time she has had a significant impact on the life of the organization,” commented Dan Bergeson, NDDC board president. “We will miss her energy and her many talents, but we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

A search for the next NDDC Executive Director will begin immediately.

Jan 4 First Friday Art Night Lineup

The holidays might be over, but the fun continues in Downtown Northfield this Friday!

5:00-9:00 pm – Visual Art Gallery at 502 Studio & Gallery                                                         6:30-8:00 pm – West Coast Swing Dance Class with Brian Sostek at Northfield Dance Academy  $40 per couple, $20 per single. 640 Water Street S.                                            7:00-10:00 pm – Live Music with Pushing Chain at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St S.
8:00-11:00 pm – Live Music with Dan Ferstenou at Tanzenwald Brewing, 103 Water St. N.
8:00-10:00 pm – Live Music with Nostalgic at the Contented Cow
8:00-11:00 pm – Live Music with Julyda at the Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St.
8:30-11:30 pm – Live Music with Bruce Burniece at Froggy Bottoms PADio, 307 Water St

NDDC Awarded $30,000 Artists on Main Street Grant

We are pleased to announce that the NDDC was awarded a $30,000 grant through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Artists on Main Street initiative. This program will help the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation to sustain a vibrant downtown by:

  • Providing art and creative placemaking experiences that draw people to shop, dine and connect in Downtown Northfield
  • Enhancing the downtown’s aesthetics through the creativity of our local artists
  • Utilizing the arts as a springboard for improving diversity and inclusiveness in Downtown Northfield across all cultures

Check out the official release from PAM below and watch here for updates on the program as we launch it in early 2019!

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, and with support from the Bush Foundation, launched a new program earlier this year, Artists on Main Street, to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. The pilot year’s success in Faribault, Mankato, and Winona has resulted in continued investment in the program by the Bush Foundation to include eleven communities over a three-year period. Four communities were selected to join the program in 2019, and they are Northfield, Olivia, Wabasha, and Willmar.

“The Bush Foundation is very excited to be able to support Artist on Main Street through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Main Street Program. We see this as a great opportunity to support artists as leaders in their communities and to show how art and culture can be an important part of efforts led by local Main Street programs, Cities, Economic Development Authorities, and Chambers of Commerce throughout the region.” – Erik Takeshita, Portfolio Director for Community Creativity at the Bush Foundation.

During the program’s pilot year, over ninety artists and creatives attended Creative Placemaking Workshops resulting in a total of thirty-four artist-led projects involving fifty-five artists and creatives. “Over the last year we’ve seen new relationships built between Main Street organizations and artists in their communities, which has resulted in more community pride and new, creative ideas about addressing downtown concerns,” said Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts. “We’re excited to welcome another cohort of communities to this program and build on this momentum.”

Each community receives support on planning and implementing creative placemaking projects through training, one-on-one technical assistance, and cohort support to integrate arts-based problem solving. Artists on Main Street communities receive $20,000 for project funding and program implementation the first year and $10,000 the second year for artist-led solutions to a local challenge identified by the community. Training and resources will be provided in partnership with Springboard for the Arts to artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the community to make positive physical, economic and social impacts.

“Artists on Main Street is creating bright spots of arts-based community development and downtown revitalization in Greater Minnesota,” said Sarina Otaibi, Rural Program Manager for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.