Category Archives: NDDC News

Working Together for a Vibrant a Vital Downtown Northfield, MN

FunWithPublicArtDowntown is where the community gathers to celebrate, honor, share, protest, and people-watch, and to nurture the plants, dance to the music, and chat with old, and new, friends.

Downtown is also the historic business district, home of 72% of Northfield’s businesses, location of many of our notable business start-ups, and a powerful asset that attracts new businesses.

We bring people together in downtown.

We bring people together for downtown. Continue reading Working Together for a Vibrant a Vital Downtown Northfield, MN

Outlining Accomplishments for the City Council, the Board of Directors, and Erica Zweifel

The year-end is a time for family gatherings, last-minute shopping, holiday celebrations…and reporting.  NDDC staff presented reports to the City Council, the Board of Directors, and a requested, customized report for Councilor Erica Zweifel.  A few people have expressed interest in the reports, so they are offered in this blog post. Continue reading Outlining Accomplishments for the City Council, the Board of Directors, and Erica Zweifel

Thanks for the Great Party!

Our annual Partnership Celebration was a fun affair. Thanks to New Moon Trio and Area 51 for the great tunes. Thanks also to Board members who greeted folks at the door and sold raffle tickets. As always,Chuck Pryor and his staff at the Grand Event Center were excellent hosts.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle and congratulations to our winner, Jeff Johnson. No, not NDDC Board member Jeff Johnson, the OTHER Jeff Johnson! Thanks most of all to our NDDC volunteers, Partnership Campaign donors, and Taste of Northfield sponsors. Great downtowns don’t just happen!

Here’s a little slideshow for posterity.

NDDC Partnership Celebration 2012 at the Grand

NDDC Board Visits the Northfield News

NDDC Board members visited our local newspaper, the Northfield News,  for the 12th monthly session of 2011.  A bit of disclosure, Sam Gett, Publisher of the Northfield News, is a member of the NDDC board.

The owner of the News, Huckle Publishing, Inc. / Mainstream Publications, LLC, employs about 150 people in Minnesota.  There are 15 to 20 people in the Northfield downtown office and 40 to 60 people at the Northfield uptown printing plant; there are a total of 10 to 15 full-time employees in Northfield.

Sam, on a personal level, is very satisfied with Northfield.  The company has papers in Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca, Kenyon, Lonsdale, St. Peter, Le Sueur, and Le Center.  He says Northfield is the regional standard for civic aspiration and that most of the people in other towns are envious of our vitality.  He loves the location and loves being downtown. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits the Northfield News

NDDC Board Visits Econofoods

The NDDC’s most recent business visit was with Econofoods, specifically Area Store Director Carl Nass.  Carl’s territory includes Red Wing, Farmington, and Cannon Falls, so he really brings a regional perspective to our community.

Carl says we’re fortunate to have such a vibrant downtown.  With a relatively wide offering of products and services, there are good traffic levels to the store; people combine errands and destinations, such as the hardware store, car repair, the pharmacy, dry cleaning and the grocery store.

He says the Northfield store has a particularly loyal customer base.  He believes that downtown Northfield has a reputation for good service that builds our brand regionally. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits Econofoods