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Statewide Downtown Leaders to Converge in Riverside

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There’s No Place like Downtown: Celebrating the Jewel of Every Community — that is the theme of this year’s 2011 California Downtown Association annual conference held Oct. 12-14, 2011 in downtown Riverside. The California Downtown Association (CDA) is an organization that is over 40 years old, comprised of a diverse group of constituents from both the public, private and non-profit sectors of business representing historic downtowns and rural communities nationwide, as well as city officials.

They all share a common thread, which is shaping the future of downtown community business districts statewide. CDA’s mission is to lead the way in the development of strong central business districts that support the local economy and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Downtown Riverside was selected as the host city for this years’ CDA annual conference after a submission process spearheaded by the Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP) in conjunction with the Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau.

RDP, the Arlington Business Partnership, the City of Riverside, and County of Riverside are pleased to sponsor this year’s conference and feel it is an excellent opportunity to showcase our jewel of a downtown with its historic landmarks, beautiful architect, unique shopping district and many other characters that highlight Riverside’s vision of being the City of Arts & Innovation.

“We’re pleased to be the host city for the 2011 conference of the California Downtown Association and have the opportunity to showcase our downtown and other civic achievements,” said Ward One Councilman Mike Gardner.” He continued: “We appreciate the work done by the Riverside Downtown Partnership, Arlington Business Partnership, Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Convention Center in bringing the conference here. The City is pleased to be a sponsor of the conference and to welcome downtown professionals from all over the state”.

The conference gets underway on Wednesday, October 12th with a historic downtown walking tour and other pre-conference sessions. A welcome reception with a breathtaking city view on the Grier Pavilion in City Hall for invited registered guests will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. that evening.

The CDA Conference will cover a broad spectrum of topics from marketing to technical including; Introduction to Smart Phone Apps, Smart Riverside, Successful Collaboration between BIDs and Cities, Ending Homelessness One Person at a Time and more.

At the Thursday morning session Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge will welcome attendees. The keynote speaker is Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster who will discuss the value of downtown associations and districts in growing local economies. Attendees will also hear national and state updates from International Downtown Association President and CEO David Downey, as well as President and CEO of the California Business Properties Association Rex Hime. Senator Bob Dutton is on the program to speak at the luncheon on Thursday.

There will also be a host of other session speakers including City of Riverside staff, elected officials, downtown directors and leaders from our visiting cities.

RDP coordinated materials for attendees’ conference bags and supplied them with the recent RDP Pocket and Dining Guide which lists all the downtown businesses, as well as other Riverside tokens. In addition, downtown restaurants and businesses are encouraged to welcome these CDA Conference attendees by providing specials.

The 2011 CDA Conference concludes on Friday October 14. For registration information visit www.californiadowntown.com, or www.RiversideDowntown.org and click on the CDA Conference spotlight on the top right corner of RDP’s home page to download a PDF of the conference material.

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