The City of Northfield is asking for input on permanently closing Water Street or seasonally closing Water Street. Participate in a short survey by August 6 using Polco, a public engagement platform. Residents can complete the survey in English or Spanish.
Residents can participate on Polco by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS, or visiting the city’s web page on Polco at polco.us/northfield. QR codes on City information boards allow easy access to the Polco website. Residents’ individual information is never shared and cannot be accessed by the City.
Links to Polco can also be found on the city’s website ci.northfield.mn.us/polco, and city’s Facebook feed. English and Spanish paper surveys are available at the Northfield Public Library and Motor Vehicle Services at City Hall.
Northfield, MN (7/1/20) — The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is proud to announce it has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™.
NDDC’s performance is evaluated directly by Rethos Main Streets, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet ten rigorous performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
“This is a great accomplishment for the NDDC and the Northfield community,” said Greg Siems, NDDC Executive Director. “Our organization has worked hard for twenty years to improve and advocate for the downtown, and national accreditation now gives us even more motivation and credibility to continue this important work.”
Over the past two decades the NDDC has been a catalyst, contributor, and advocate for many long-lasting improvements in the downtown district, including:
Welcome banners and holiday decorations
Bridge Square master plan
Benches, bike racks, and trail connections
Gateway corridor improvement plan
Mayor’s Downtown Streetscape Task Force
Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee
Highway 3 pedestrian safety upgrades
Recruiting and encouraging developers for high-visibility projects such as The Crossing and Reunion-Eat, Drink, Gather
Promoting Downtown through events (such as Taste Tour, ArtSwirl, Spring Fling) and marketing (Be Local, Buy Local) in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Northfield
Newer initiatives such as Artists on Main Street, Riverwalk design amenities, and business succession planning.
“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proven to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities. During these challenging times, these Main Street programs will be key to bringing economic vitality back to commercial districts and improving quality of life during the recovery process.” In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.
ABOUT THE NDDC
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that seeks to support, strengthen, and grow Northfield’s unique downtown district. Founded in 2000, the NDDC is made up of dedicated residents who work to promote direct and indirect investment, collaboration and cooperation with other public and private groups, and awareness of the opportunities that Downtown Northfield holds for the community as a whole.
The state of Minnesota is launching another round of relief for small businesses. Please view the information below from DEED and encourage your favorite downtown businesses to apply!
St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program – which was approved by the Minnesota Legislature last week and signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday – will begin accepting applications this week.
This program will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Half of the funding will go to businesses in Greater Minnesota and half to businesses in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, as required by law.
Additional requirements include:
$18 million for businesses with six or fewer full-time employees
$10 million for minority business enterprises
$2.5 million for veteran-owned businesses
$2.5 million for women-owned businesses
$2.5 million for operators of indoor retail and food markets with an ethnic cultural emphasis
“Small businesses across our state urgently need this relief,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “DEED applauds the bipartisan action to pass this legislation, and we are grateful to Governor Walz for signing the bill quickly so we could immediately get this grant program up and running.”
The application period will begin on Tuesday, June 23 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 to fulfill the 10-day period required by the law. A randomized, computer-generated lottery process will be used to select eligible businesses that will receive awards. All awards will be administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit agencies, and the grant funds can be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar business expenses.
To be eligible, businesses must have a permanent physical location in Minnesota and be majority owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota. Businesses must be able to demonstrate hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found online at DEED’s Small Business Relief Grants page.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more information about the agency and its services visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is pleased to announce it has been selected for a 2020 Arts & Cultural Heritagegrantthrough the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). The award, in the amount of $6,750, will fund the purchase, repair, and installation of a sculpture at the west entrance to the Riverwalk (219 Water Street, just north of Basil’s Pizza).
The sculpture (pictured below) is titled “Threshold” and is the work of Northfield native and St. Olaf College graduate, Kris Swanson. Until recently the sculpture resided on the St. Olaf campus and will soon provide a welcoming invitation for visitors to enter and enjoy Northfield’s Riverwalk.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. This specific project is a part of a larger City-approved plan to add art elements within the downtown Arts Corridor. The Arts Corridor concept was an outcome of community meetings beginning in 2013 with the goal of providing a city gateway that is attractive, inviting and a better representation of the city and its value of the arts. A collaborative subcommittee of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, including NDDC representatives and Northfield community members, has since been working to implement various projects within the Arts Corridor. The 2020 action plan of this ACC subcommittee identified the priority of adding a sculpture at this unique, barren site.
Check back for more updates throughout the summer as the sculpture is installed and a dedication event is organized!