The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s Organization Committee kicked off 2015 with their annual Volunteer Appreciation Night and Awards Ceremony, to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the organization, and to honor the volunteer spirit of the community. Special recognition was also given to standout individuals who went above and beyond their volunteer duties.
With over 2,700 volunteer hours given throughout the year, the work and success of ADHDA is a community effort. Last year was full of energy, activity, and excitement for downtown Astoria. In 2015, we welcomed fifteen innovative businesses, nine businesses relocated within downtown, and two businesses relocated into Astoria’s downtown core!
ADHDA’s key focus for 2015 was centered on outreach and local engagement efforts, partnering more with the local media outlets, enhancing the organization’s online presence, and implementing a downtown banner program to highlight and promote upcoming events.
New seasonal promotional events were also introduced, encouraging shoppers to “Start the Conversation” with their sweethearts for Valentine’s Day, and having a Downtown Shop & Hop for Easter. For the holiday season, everyone got a little more PLAID – encouraging shoppers to think outside of the big box and shop local with “Shop Downtown Astoria.”
Larger economic projects also began to take shape, with the completion of Phase 1 of the Cluster Analysis, which involved synthesizing and analyzing a decade’s worth of reports, with an emphasis on business recruitment to better enhance the vitality, livability, and experience of downtown.
The accomplishments in 2015 could not have been completed without the dedication of the Board, the Committee Chairs and their members, and the support of the City and the community of volunteers. On behalf of ADHDA, thank you!