What a wonderful week! It was announced this week that Deschutes County was set to move from "Extreme Risk" to "High Risk", allowing restaurants to open for indoor dining up to 25% capacity. Whoohoo! It's so great to begin to see a light at the end of the COVID tunnel.
This week the DBBA hired a new Sales and Marketing Director, and began the process of training a this individual to further the DBBA's mission of increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend. We also hired several temporary staff to make sure that we are able to handle the winter storm at our front door. We are confident that we can continue to offer excellent snow removal service to our stakeholders.
This week was also a lot of back-end work. Researching CRM's for nonprofits, QuickBooks features, setting up new computers, getting Microsoft 365 ready, and instituting to practices and procedures to increase efficiency in the organization.
We also began our stakeholder audit using the GIS website tool and Deschutes DIAL to verify all properties in the district.
We had several meetings to further our plan to develop a committee to develop a long-term plan for Downtown Bend that will serve to hold the vision for the DBBA, COB and other organizations as our city continues to grow.
It was fun to promote downtown for the Valentine's day season. We have such great businesses, that promoting them is easy and fun!