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Downtown Strong Start Up Shop

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Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program:

 

The goal of the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program is to create vibrancy and ensure a healthy business diversity in Downtown Johnson City by supporting new business concepts. Through the generosity of the City of Johnson City, the financial support of the Tennessee Economic & Community Development Council, Johnson City Development Authority and the leadership of the Economic Vitality Committee an underutilized storefront in the heart of downtown has been refurbished and is being offered at a reduced market rate to new small business owners.   In addition to a reduced rate, the future participant in the program will receive close business mentorship and coaching to help encourage business success.  By supporting and investing in local entrepreneurs the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program intends to develop local and regional talent to strengthen our downtown community and promote a healthy, vibrant, and diverse business environment.

 

The following are the important dates for program:

  • Friday, February 23, 2018: Application to the program is available to the public.  Look for it and all the program details at: http://downtownjc.com/
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018:    Application, Statement of Understanding & Agreement, and Business Plan are due.
  • Thursday, April 4, 2018: Top three applicants will be notified.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5-7pm.  The top three applicants will pitch their business to a panel of community judges
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30pm: A reception will take place at the Downtown Strong Start Up Space to announce the business awardee
  • Opening in June: The first business participant in the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program is open for business.

For application and more details, go here.

Co.Starters to begin January 22

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Johnson City Development Authority Offers CO.STARTERS – Beginning January 22

 The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow to offer CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in just nine weeks. The first CO.STARTERS session begins January 22, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the NETREP office at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor.  Register here!

Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a success business.

Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.

If you are interested in participating, you can complete a registration form, found at downtownJC.com. Registration is $90 and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook. Following CO.STARTERS completion, several incentives will be available for those who want to move forward on their business, details will be announced soon.

To register for the class, email Cantler@NortheastTN.com

Space is limited. To register, fill out this form: CO.STARTER REGISTRATION 2018

About CO.STARTERS
CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit. 
www.costarters.co

Light the Stars!

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We did it! The funds were raised to save our Landmark Sign and it is quickly becoming the iconic image we hoped for Johnson City. Now, before the new King Commons opens officially, we have the opportunity to Light the Stars. Each star costs $2,000 or you can give a smaller amount towards the project. We have a goal to raise $12,000 in the next few weeks, will you help?

To make a donation online using a credit or debit card, follow this link. This service charges us a 3% fee, so if you send a check, your entire amount goes directly to the campaign.

Mail your check to Downtown Johnson City Foundation, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City, TN 37601 or call 423-202-3510. Donations to the Foundation can be deducted as a gift, since we are a 501c(3) organization.

Any donation over $500 received by December 31, will be listed as a donor on the art that will be installed in King Commons.

Downtown in December

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Friday, December 1 – Christmas Tree Lighting

The annual, Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 7:00 pm at the plaza on Buffalo Street in Downtown Johnson City. Join us for music and holiday cheer as we revive a tradition for Johnson City. The Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs. Santa will lead us in the tree lighting ceremony.

Saturday, December 2 – Johnson City Christmas Parade

This year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade theme is “It’s a Storybook Christmas”. The parade begins at 11:30 am. It will travel down W. Walnut Street, to Buffalo Street, turns right on Main Street, to Colonial Way, left on State of Franklin and ends at Legion Street. For parade registration and more information about the parade, visit jcchristmasparade.org.

Saturday, December 2 – Whoville Village

Following the parade, we’d like to invite you to visit Whoville Village. Community organizations will be providing kids activities from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Pavilion at Founders Park. A DJ dance party, storytelling, crafts, games and much more! Bring your camera to take the kids picture with the Grinch and our other famous storybook friends. Make sure you visit the food trucks at Whoville Village or one of the wonderful local restaurants in downtown on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

 December 1, 2, 3- Holiday Splash: Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be fine art and craft items made by local and regional artisans for sale at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom. On Friday the market is open from 12:00-8:30 pm, on Saturday the market is open from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, and on Sunday the market is open from 12:00- 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Stop by and do some Christmas shopping!

 

For more information on the Downtown in December events, visit the Facebook Events page.

Grown & Gathered – a farm to table experience

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Sunday, July 23. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails in the amphitheater and the dinner will be served in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Farm. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. This year, portions of the meal will be served rodizio style. A beautiful menu with an Appalachian Korean fusion flair will be served.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $75 per person. Last year was a sell out, so we recommend getting tickets early.  Tickets can be purchased at the WCEDC offices, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City or on Eventbrite.

Local wine expert, Rick Jelovsek has sourced some excellent wines that pair well with our menu, but small producers don’t have the marketing budgets to donate the amount we need. We’re looking for some generous wine lovers to join our Grown & Gathered Bacchus Club. A donation of $100 would sponsor a case of local/regional wine. In return, you will …

> be listed on the menu as a member of the Bacchus Club.

> receive special recognition during dinner.

> receive early notification of next year’s dinner before it is advertised to the public.

Most importantly, you will be supporting local/regional wine producers and helping promote them to hundreds of wine and food lovers! To join the Bacchus club, go to Eventbrite.

Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial – The Torbett Group

CO.STARTERS to begin June 19

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The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow to offer CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in just nine weeks. The first CO.STARTERS session begins June 19, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the WCEDC office at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor.

 

Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a success business.

 

Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.

 

If you are interested in participating, you can complete a registration form, found at downtownJC.com. Registration is $90 and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook. Following CO.STARTERS completion, any business interested in opening a retail storefront in downtown Johnson City, will have the opportunity to apply for a $5000 grant from the JCDA.

For more on CO.STARTERS, visit http://colab.co/programs/costarters

CO.STARTERS REGISTERATION 

Space is limited.

About CO.STARTERS
CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit. 
www.costarters.co

DINE JC IN DOWNTOWN JOHNSON CITY

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dineJCRestaurants in the downtown district have come together to offer a night to savor. dineJC is an event where local restaurants will offer samples of their newest creations and their beloved recipes. On May 23 at 6 pm at the Gallery, guests can sample the many tastes Downtown Johnson City has to offer.

Participating restaurants will feature special menu items, chef’s specials, and new this year, the restaurants are bringing their best bartender with a signature cocktail. Diners can sample our newest restaurants, dine at old favorites and taste a variety of exceptional dishes being prepared by chefs and the best bartenders in town.

Restaurants participating in dineJC include: Cake Buds, Holy Taco, The Label, Main Street Pizza Company, Southern Craft, Sharp’s Deli, Tipton Street Pub, Wellingtons, Wild Wing Café, and White Duck Taco Shop. Also YeeHaw and JRH Breweries will be pouring. More to be announced.

The event is ticketed entry and costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The proceeds go to fund the Achieving Landmark Status project to revitalize the sign on Commerce Street and make Johnson City impossible to ignore.  What used to be an old treasure, the 60-foot-tall structure that began in 1959 as Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food sign, is becoming Johnson City’s newest landmark. At dineJC, people have an opportunity to eat local, drink local, and fund-raise for a local campaign.  It’s the locals’ night.

Dine JC is sponsored by the Johnson City Development Authority and Ameriprise Financial, The Torbett Group.

Tickets are available online on Eventbrite, and at the Washington County Economic Development Council, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, in downtown Johnson City from 9 am – 4 pm. For more information go to DowntownJC.com or call 423-202-3510.

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tn–johnson-city/dinejc/?crt=regular&sort=best

Great Day of Yoga

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Tri-cities largest yoga event set to take place Mother’s Day weekend

The largest yoga event in the Tri-Cities will be held on May 13, from 3pm-5pm on the Great Lawn at Founders Park.  This event will consist of two 45-minute yoga classes to be instructed by area yoga instructors on a large stage in the park. Participants will pay $5 upon entry and receive a raffle ticket for giveaways to be announced after the yoga sessions. Participants should bring their own yoga mat or towel.

The Great Day
of Yoga is being organized by the Johnson City Downtown Foundation, Downtown Yoga Studio and sponsored by Ameriprise.  Yoga Studios from each of the Tri-Cities will be providing instruction. Studios participating include Downtown Yoga Center, Bristol Yoga, Real Hot Yoga, River and Stone Yoga, Vida Hot Yoga, and Wellness Yoga of Bristol. The event will kick off the weekly Barefoot in the Park yoga classes that will continue through the summer.

“We are excited to bring the entire region together for a wonderful day of yoga outdoors in the beautiful Founders Park”, said Kim Blaine, from Downtown Yoga, who has helped organize the event. “It will be so fun to have hundreds, maybe thousands, all enjoying yoga together.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever seen all these local yoga studios coming together for an event with a cause.  We hope, since it is the day before Mother’s Day, that sons or daughters will bring their moms and share this activity together”, says Blaine.

Vendors will be at the event with yoga supplies and health and wellness information. Rain date will be the following Saturday, May 20.

For more information, call 202.3510.

Achieving Landmark Status

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A new landmark is currently in the works from an existing structure in downtown at Commerce Street between Market and North Roan Streets. The 60-foot-tall structure began as a sign for Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food Markets in 1959 and afterwards was sold along with the accompanying building to U-Haul in the late 1980’s. This year, the sign will undergo its latest transformation and become Johnson City’s newest landmark, adding a unique element to the downtown area. The sign will read bright and bold in a retro design – JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE.

The landmark features a design inspired by historic railroad signs and logos and a Tri-Star element representing Tennessee’s three regions created by Johnson City resident Colonel LeeRoy Reeves.

The greenspace surrounding the new landmark where U-Haul’s building previously stood is also undergoing a major transformation, becoming a new park for Johnson City locals and visitors to discover nature, art and walking paths while also adding a new sense of security to the area.

John Bosio of MERJE Design, the company that has designed the wayfinding plan for Johnson City, says, “I can tell you, I work throughout the country with cities of all sizes and aspirations, helping them develop identity and wayfinding programs, many of them only wish they could establish a landmark sign or feature element that will promote their town. But because they are starting from scratch, often approvals, size limitations, engineering and cost often get in the way.

In Johnson City, you have the unique opportunity to accomplish this, because you are working with an existing structure and many of the largest hurdles are already cleared. The Johnson City sign can be a landmark element that will promote the city as it appears advertising, social media and television … well beyond your city borders.”

With these new additions to downtown comes sponsorship opportunities. All donations will be accepted and recognized at the ribbon cutting event, and those of $500 or above will be included on a custom piece of metal art located in the new park. Sizes of names will depend upon the level of donation, with donations of $10,000 or more receiving the largest font design and a space on the Downtown Johnson City website with a featured logo for 12 months.

The Achieving Landmark Status Campaign is a project of the Downtown Johnson City Foundation. All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible. Previous projects include the restoration of the Lady of the Fountain Plaza and the Grown and Gathered event in the Pavilion at Founders Park. The redesign of the structure must be funded by private donations, checks should be made to the Downtown Johnson City Foundation, and mailed to 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City, TN 37601.

Downtown Johnson City is where buildings have meaning and where there is a distinctive sense of place; where the community’s story is told, it’s culture is on display and its history is narrated. Johnson City’s new landmark gives those who support it the opportunity to have their own sense of place in our downtown region.

To make a donation online using a credit or debit card, follow this link. This service charges us a 3% fee, so if you send a check, your entire amount goes directly to the campaign.

For more details….view our donation brochure: Achieving Landmark Status Brochure

Lady of the Fountain Bricks

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The Lady of the Fountain Commemorative Bricks Project

Purchase a brick and leave your mark on Downtown Johnson City!

Bricks and plaques surround our newly restored Lady of the Fountain sculpture located at the corner of Main and Buffalo Streets. Reminding us of our history, the fountain and it’s beautiful lady was installed in 1904 to honor Congressman Walter Brownlow for establishing Soldiers Home (Mountain Home VA) in Johnson City. The fountain and recast of the statute were returned to Fountain Square and dedicated in September of 2013. The statue that now graces Fountain Square is actually a recast of the original. Her older sister is posted in the city municipal and safety building.

The purchase of bricks and plaques by the community helped fund the restoration of the fountain. Contiuned sale of bricks will help fund other beautification and projects in Downtown Johnson City. Bricks can be purchased for $80 each, plaques are $500 each.

Each brick is 4″ by 8″ in size and can be engraved with three lines of text with 20 characters per line (a space counts as a character). You can put any text you would like on your brick. Popular ideas for text of bricks include your name or family member(s), favorite quotes and graduation dates.

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