Confluence Dinner



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BDL welcomed Rory Turner as the guest speaker for our annual Confluence Catalyst Dinner on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Rory spoke about his experience pairing the vision of a vital, vibrant downtown in Ellensburg and Wenatchee with the partnerships necessary to catalyze projects like the Ellensburg Elks Building.

Rory was recently featured by The Good Life about how he got into investing in downtowns in rural Washington State:

Rory Turner arrived in Wenatchee back in 1995 and saw that it was good — very good. The sunshine, the clean air, the mountains, the recreation, a community chockful of salt-of-the-earth, hard-working people that he was proud to start calling his neighbors — it was all here.

The only things missing were some of the small niceties that you get living in a more urban environment. You know — the diversity of restaurants, the vibrant nightlife, a core downtown area that beckons residents to bring their families down to enjoy all the activities on a warm summer night.

We kind of missed that ur­ban-ness,” said Turner, who could see how adding those simple amenities could still allow the Wenatchee Valley to retain all of its existing charm and allure. “And we thought why don’t we become a part of that change?”

We wholeheartedly agree with Rory’s thinking about the importance of vital downtowns:

It’s all in keeping with Turner’s philosophy that a vital downtown is a key to the city’s overall economic success. “It’s the heart of the community,” Turner explains. “If that’s not healthy, the community’s not healthy.”