2021 Downtown Summer Camp - Virtual
In July 2021, TDA will host its first ever virtual downtown summer camp!
The goal of this event is to provide affordable and accessible education to downtown professionals and champions across the state. Join us for sessions on community and economic development, small business and entrepreneurship, downtown design, and marketing.
Each week we will host two live webinars. We've priced this event to work for budgets of all sizes and will provide recordings of all sessions via our summer camp platform.
Attendees will be invited to our campfire discussions each week and share an idea related to the weekly theme.
Event Dates & Weekly Themes
Week One: Community & Economic Development
Downtown revitalization and development not only contribute to the culture of a community, but also to its financial health. This week we are highlighting two important aspects of community and economic development by inviting speakers who can discuss their initiatives related to community & downtown growth and downtown housing.
July 7: Downtown Housing
July 8: Downtown & Community Growth
Week Two: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
You can’t have strong downtowns without strong small businesses. As Texas and the country recover from the pandemic, downtowners must continue to support small business growth and entrepreneurs. Small business owners and entrepreneurs need to make sure their business plans and structures are in the best shape possible and this week’s speakers will have some excellent ideas and strategies for your downtown.
July 14: Fresh Ideas for Small Businesses
July 15: Supporting Your Downtown & Community Entrepreneurs
Week Three: Downtown Design & Placemaking
With more people spending time in public spaces, some cities have taken the opportunity to update their downtown standards and guidelines. Others have focused on improving or expanding placemaking capability to better meet the needs of residents. We know there will some excellent takeaways from this week’s sessions.
July 21: Downtown Design
July 22: Downtown Placemaking
Week Four: Marketing & Promotions
What are your marketing goals and how can you best promote your downtown? These are the questions we want to answer for you during our final week of camp. Join us as we dive into social media and learn about promoting your downtown and community to larger audiences.
July 28: Social Media for Economic Development
July 29: Promoting Your Downtown to Diverse Audiences