New Executive Director to begin work May 1

The NDDC has hired a new Executive Director! Greg Siems has accepted the part-time position and will begin his duties on May 1, 2019.

Siems was most recently the Assistant Director of the Institute for Freedom & Community at St. Olaf College. Prior to that he was the Director of Vision 2020 in Austin, Minnesota, where he coordinated and supported over 100 volunteers across nine committees working to improve Austin’s quality of life. In that position he secured over $1.3 million in project funding by cultivating sustained relationships with diverse stakeholders including elected officials, city staff, private citizens, charitable foundations, nonprofits and businesses.

Siems graduated from Luther College with degrees in Political Science and Russian Studies and holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

“We feel fortunate to have Greg joining us at the NDDC,” NDDC Board member Mark Lancaster told NDDC’s Downtown Northfield MN, “and we are excited about the future of the NDDC under his leadership.”

The NDDC is a Designated Minnesota Main Street organization. It is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant and vital Downtown Northfield. It focuses on all of the constituencies in the district: building owners, business owners and residential citizens. The NDDC works collaboratively with all economic development partners in the city, including the Northfield City Council, the Northfield Economic Development Authority, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Northfield Enterprise Center.

For more information about the NDDC, please call (507)645-5604 or visit www.nddc.org. The NDDC is on Facebook at Downtown Northfield MN. The NDDC is a 501(c)3 corporation with offices at the Northfield Office of Business and Tourism, 19 Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057.

City of Northfield Seeks Input from Residents and Business Owners

We want to pass along this request from the City of Northfield.

“Greetings!
The City of Northfield is seeking feedback via POLCO, a public engagement platform. The subject of the POLCO survey is snow removal in the city and all residents and businesses are invited to participate in the survey.

Spanish and English paper copies of survey questions are available at the Northfield Public Library and DMV located at City Hall.

We strongly encourage all to create a POLCO account. Please help our effort by informing community members about the POLCO engagement tool.”

Follow this link to the Press Release and the survey: https://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1040

First Friday Art Night April 5

April 5, 2019

5:00pm                
#Clay Northfield@ Northfield Arts Guild and Carleton College
Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St S until 6:00pm
Weitz Center for Creativity @Carleton College, 320 3rd St East until 9pm
Inspired by the choice of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to hold their 2019 conference in Minneapolis, the Northfield Arts Guild, Carleton College and St. Olaf College partnered to create thirteen unique exhibitions of contemporary ceramic work. Falling under the general title of #claynorthfield, each of these experiences celebrates creativity, diversity, and the important role art plays in our lives. This Northfield celebration of clay is truly unprecedented and designed for both visitors and our local community.  Exhibit details at www.northfieldartguild.org; apps.carleton.edu/museum; wp.stolaf.edu/flaten

7:00pm
Live music with Mary Cutrufello at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St S

7:00pm
Live music with Jack Norton at Contented Cow Pub, 302 Division St  S

8:00pm
Live music with Ben Aaron at the Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St S
Ben Aaron returns to Northfield with his original folk, blues and Americana songs for a night of great live entertainment. Sit back and relax as he plays your favorite popular songs from the past and present.

Executive Director Search Extended

The NDDC Search Committee is extending the deadline for the Executive Director search to March 1, 2019.

Downtown Northfield is the heart of our city and if you have ever wanted to be a part of ensuring its vibrancy for residents, businesses, and visitors, your opportunity is now.

The Executive Director reports to the NDDC Board and is an active and engaged advocate for Downtown Northfield, Minnesota Main Street and Main Street America programs, especially in sharing information, goals and accomplishments of the NDDC to critical community and city stakeholders and partners. They serve as the primary program manager responsible for advancing the work of the organization’s committees, task forces and special initiative aligned to Main Street requirements and contractual agreements with the City of Northfield. This position is a part-time salaried role, requiring a commitment of 20 hours per week.

Interested candidates can review the detailed job description that outlines the expected responsibilities and qualifications, and submit a current resume or CV, and 3-5 professional references to NDDCSearchCommittee@outlook.com by the March 1, 2019 deadline.

First Friday Art Night March 1

If the calendar says “March” can spring be far behind? On March 1 you have your choice of seeing live theater, live opera, or dancing the night away to a Viennese Orchestra and a Swingin’ Big Band. Did we mention a bunch of live music in local hot spots as well?