Downtown Assessment Strategies
How do you tell your community’s story? What gives your town or neighborhood its unique personality? By tapping into local wisdom, the Preservation Alliance works with you to uncover your community’s distinct assets, develop your strengths, and promote your competitive edge. Our Downtown Assessment program helps you develop a plan to change the way people think and talk about downtown.
At the cornerstone of our Downtown Assessment services is genuine, relationship-building. We meet with community members where they are to understand what matters most. We not only document historic buildings and notable businesses, we work together to document the shared experiences, traditions, and characteristics that tell your community’s story.
A New Vision for Downtown
Our recommendations always build upon the assets that already exist—and what makes your community special. They’re based on community feedback, rather than the opinions of an outsider. We help you not only articulate the strengths of your downtown, but provide a framework to identify specific, actionable steps that promote, highlight, and enhance your community’s defining characteristics.
Services That Fit Your Community’s Needs
The Preservation Alliance’s experienced team of downtown revitalization professionals will engage community members, convene stakeholders, and perform a rigorous analysis of your community. We offer two different levels of our Downtown Assessment Services to give you the most flexibility. While the Downtown Assessment Plus package offers more comprehensive and robust services, both levels use our distinguished community engagement methods as a cornerstone. Our exact set of services will ultimately reflect your community’s needs.
Previous Community Engagement Work
Thanks to a grant from The McKnight Foundation, PAM has two full-time Community Engagement Coordinators who are working in targeted neighborhoods of Minneapolis – Logan Park, Cedar-Riverside, Elliot Park, and Whittier. Learn more about our previous Community Engagement work and the cultural assets that community members care about in these neighborhoods, or review some of the latest research about community-led preservation efforts.