Why We're Surveying Stakeholders
Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL) will spend September planning our 2018 activities and budget. As the Main Street organization charged with revitalizing downtown Lewiston, we’re seeking your input about BDL as an organization and our effectiveness in improving the business climate, enabling private investment in properties, and coordinating improvements to public spaces in downtown Lewiston.
BDL the Organization
As a non-profit focused on revitalizing downtown Lewiston, BDL is situated at the intersection of private property owners, business owners and entrepreneurs, public agencies and community members who want a great downtown. The Organization Committee focuses on internal operations and external community building.
For BDL Members
THANK YOU for your continued support of our organization through your time and financial contributions. These questions are intended to gather feedback about how we're doing in service to our members.
BDL adopts an annual work plan to guide our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors through the year.
For non-BDL Members
We've asked you to participate in this survey because we think you have an interest in the success of downtown Lewiston. The below questions pertain to our membership recruitment efforts and non-member perceptions of BDL.
Events and Promotions
Intended to shift the community's perception of downtown Lewiston and get customers in front of or in your door.
Downtown as a Destination Events
BDL’s “downtown as a destination” events invite our community downtown for an event that takes place in a public space downtown. While there may be thousands of community members in the street, the public doesn’t have to enter a business to participate in the event.
Business Exposure Events
Business Exposure Events: BDL’s business exposure events are designed to increase foot traffic into your property while introducing new customers to your business. Community members must enter businesses to participate in “Business exposure” events.
BDL promotes downtown Lewiston in non-event ways too. In 2017, BDL purchased advertisements in the Visit LC Valley Visitor’s Guide and the bought the front cover of the Inland 360’s “Annual Manual.” We also leveraged $30,000 of generously donated radio advertising; most of which was aimed at advertising for our events. In addition to functioning as a fundraiser for BDL, our annual Price is Right Downtown event promotes downtown businesses by getting business names in front of a large audience.
Improving the economic climate so that businesses thrive and properties in downtown Lewiston are productive.
BDL’s Design Committee works to coordinate public and private improvements in downtown Lewiston. The Design Committee focuses on development of design-related policy, coordinating public improvements downtown and implementation of small grant funds like BDL’s Signage grant.
We've done a lot of studies about the impact that traffic volume and speeds have on the business environment in downtown Lewiston. Some improvements, like the Pilot Parking Project, narrowed the traffic lanes enough to reduce average speeds from 22 mph to 18.5 mph while also adding diagonal parking.
The community anticipates a major rebuild of Main Street, though that project is not yet a priority for the City of Lewiston, nor is it designed or a plan in place for funding construction.
These items take a long time to plan-- help us understand what you want. Please score your response with 5 being very important and 1 being not important.
Public Policy Development
BDL's Design Committee is able to work with the City of Lewiston and other governmental agencies to develop policies that enable and encourage private investment in downtown Lewiston.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in BDL's 2017 stakeholder survey. We’re asking for identifying information so that we can sort the survey response data and identify which stakeholders participated in the survey process and which selected not to participate.
All survey information will be confidential. BDL’s staff will present summaries of the information gathered through the survey process to BDL’s Board of Directors as part of the strategic planning process.