The NDDC has been conceptually and programatically connected with both Northfield colleges, Carleton and St. Olaf, since the organization’s birth in 2000. These two large local employers are perhaps our most frequent collaborators.
One of the NDDC’s founders, Bardwell Smith, is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Asian Studies at Carleton College. The organization has always had at least one board member from each of the colleges. In addition, the NDDC has conducted annual outreach campaigns during major college events such as New Student Week, Family Weekend, Commencement Weekend, Reunion Weekend, and Homecoming Weekend. Each year, the college presidents have been the NDDC’s guests at a Downtown Forum. Finally, the organization has led or participated in many community projects that were powered by Carleton and/or St. Olaf College students. Continue reading The NDDC and the Colleges→
The NDDC’s Marketing Committee has long supported community efforts to produce events and promotions that help attract people to downtown Northfield. Whether through bucks or biceps, we’ve always worked to pitch in to the best of our abilities.
Recent work by the committee has resulted in a fine-tuned process. “Make It Happen” mini-grants up to $100 are now available to help with event funding. The new application form can be found online in the NDDC Library.
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation values the outstanding efforts that bring events—and people—to downtown Northfield. With this mini-grant, we hope to help support many future downtown events, especially those created collaboratively.
So, if you’ve got an idea, some initiative, and an eagerness for collaboration, check out the new NDDC “Make It Happen” Mini-Grant Program Application. We’re working together for a vibrant and vital downtown.