Column: An off-the-wall idea in downtown DuluthWe’re going to new heights to help develop Duluth’s Downtown. A new event coming this summer allows us the chance to offer the adventure of a lifetime, right in the heart of our community.
By: Kristi Stokes, For the Budgeteer News
We’re going to new heights to help develop Duluth’s Downtown. A new event coming this summer allows us the chance to offer the adventure of a lifetime, right in the heart of our community.
A limited number of people will have the opportunity to rappel nine stories down the Superior Street face of the Sellwood Building. Yes, that’s right, we are sending people “Over the Edge” as a fundraiser that helps support the promotion of Duluth’s Downtown, with a key focus on retail development.
As an organization, the Greater Downtown Council has hosted plenty of events and fundraising activities, but this is off the wall. We have teamed up with Over the Edge USA, a company that brings in its trained technicians and gear to send participants who have raised pledges rappelling down an office building in a signature event. They have done this across the country at more than 200 locations, and believe me when I say, it gets noticed!
Have I caught your interest? Whether you love downtown and love adventure or want to overcome a deep fear of heights and cross this off your bucket list, here’s your chance to be among the limited participants who can say you took on an urban rappel in one of the country’s top-rated outdoor communities. Plus, you’ll have a built-in crowd of spectators and supporters as the event is happening during our annual Sidewalk Days Festival on July 11.
We always look at new ways to shine the spotlight on Duluth’s central business district and this is one way to attract attention. And if it’s not for you, it’s always a great gift idea for that someone special in your life. Plus, if you have a tight-knit team of employees, there’s also that option to “Toss Your Boss.”
We’re pleased that downtown businesses such as Maurices, Western Bank, Holiday Inn and Suites, Northland’s NewsCenter, Giant Voices and building owner A & A Enterprises have been inspired to support this event. They are passionate about making our downtown a more vibrant business district and they know that retail plays an important component in that mix.
We hope to build upon the excitement and unity that was created in Go Downtown, Grow Downtown, the Great Space Giveway. This contest spurred the opening of two new storefronts and the GDC Board of Directors has set a priority on additional retail development.
To learn how you can sign up to go “Over the Edge,” visit our website at www.downtownduluth.com. Space is limited, so act now.
Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.