What’s Next in Downtown? Breakfast Bites on November 16

breakfast-bites-flyer-11-16-16-webWhat’s Next in Downtown? is the topic for the next Breakfast Bites quarterly meeting on November 16. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly business development event sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program.

The November 16 event features Michaela Dollar and Andreina Davila-Quintero, two City of Georgetown employees, who will talk about the City’s plan for development and retail recruitment.

Michaela Dollar is the director of economic development for the City of Georgetown. Before coming to Georgetown this summer, Dollar led business recruitment efforts for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and helped in the formation of the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership. Dollar previously worked for economic development organizations in Dallas, Cedar Hill, and Panama City, Florida where she focused on business recruitment, retention, marketing, and incentive negotiations.

Andreina Davila-Quintero has been a project coordinator with the City of Georgetown since 2013. Davila-Quintero worked for seven years as a municipal planner in cities in Texas, Florida and Venezuela before coming to Georgetown. In her current position, Davila-Quintero has played a key role in coordinating projects such as Georgetown’s Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan and the Williams Drive Corridor Study.

The event on Wednesday, November 16 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. Breakfast snacks, coffee, and drinks will be provided. Networking starts at 8 a.m.

Attendees should pre-register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager, by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 14 at shelly.hargrove@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown.

Downtown Lowdown Meeting Oct. 19

Come find out about upcoming City projects and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, October 19.

The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth Street. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Public Library events
  • Historic Resource Survey update
  • Downtown West update
  • Austin Avenue Bridge update
  • Proposed sidewalk and road projects in the downtown for fiscal year 2017
  • Founders Park and VFW Park update
  • City Vendor Forum invitation
  • Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan update
  • Small Business Saturday invitation, 8th annual Georgetown Swirl, and Texas Downtown Association Conference
  • Downtown sales tax trends

Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 to Jackson Daly at (512) 819-3115 or at jackson.daly@georgetown.org.

Vote for the Best of Georgetown, TX

Best-of-G'town_wURL-webWhere can you find the best comfort food in Georgetown? Where is the best meeting and event venue? The best catering? The best place to volunteer?

Tell us your favorites during the month of September in the Best of Georgetown, TX contest. Vote online at Bestof.Georgetown.org from September 1 to 30.

The top three winners in each category will be announced on Thursday, November 3 at 6 p.m. at Union on Eighth Street at 224 E. Eighth Street. The list of winners will be posted at Bestof.Georgetown.org.

Winning businesses receive window decals as well as certificates showing their award and category. In addition, the business name will be listed on the 2016 winners flyer at the Visitors Center and on the Bestof.Georgetown.org website for one year. Winners will have access to the Best of Georgetown 2016 logo for use in their websites and printed material.

The annual Best of Georgetown, TX contest is sponsored by the City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Georgetown Sheraton Hotel Opens

Sheraton ribbon webOfficials cut a big blue ribbon yesterday to mark the opening of the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center.

The 222-room full-service hotel and conference center is at the Summit at Rivery Park development on Interstate 35. The hotel includes 30,000 square feet of meeting space with a 16,000-square-foot ballroom, four breakout rooms, and a state-of-the-art boardroom.

Other features of the hotel include a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, the Lobby Lounge for casual dining, and the Brix and Ale, a restaurant offering classic comfort cuisine and drinks.

Paintings and sculptures from local artists are displayed throughout the hotel and conference center.

The Starwood hotel project by Novak Brothers and Hines was a public-private partnership including the City of Georgetown, Williamson County, and private investors.

Sheraton front opening webThe Summit at Rivery Park project also includes 223 apartment residences and 114 single-family brownstones.

Other restaurants and shops and are under construction at the mixed-use project.

Downtown Lowdown Meeting July 20

Poppy 2016 vendors 7th street webCome find out about upcoming City projects and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, July 20.

The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth Street. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Library events
  • Historic Resource Survey update
  • Downtown West update
  • Austin Avenue Bridge update
  • Proposed sidewalk and road projects in the downtown for fiscal year 2017
  • Founders Park and VFW Park update
  • Opportunities for local vendors to do business with the City
  • Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan update
  • Table on Main and Small Business Saturday
  • Downtown sales tax trends

Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 to Jackson Daly at (512) 819-3115 or at jackson.daly@georgetown.org.

Downtown Retail Workshop on June 16

A downtown workshop to focus on the commercial downtown area for the Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan for Georgetown will be hosted by the City of Georgetown and Catalyst Commercial on June 16.

The City of Georgetown and the Georgetown Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO) have partnered with Catalyst Commercial, a leading expert in retail recruitment, marketing, and strategy to conduct a retail market analysis and create a Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan customized for Georgetown.  This project will measure the current retail environment, address the types and locations of retail outlets that will be most beneficial for the citizens and successful for businesses, and create a more diversified retail environment in our community.

The workshop on June 16 will be a venue for downtown stakeholders to share their thoughts about Georgetown’s opportunities to attract and retain retail establishments in downtown.

The event is on Thursday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. A light breakfast will be provided.

Walk-ins are welcome. Help us prepare by RSVP to Andreina Davila-Quintero, City of Georgetown Project Coordinator, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at Andreina.Davila@georgetown.org or (512) 931-7686.  If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit https://invest.georgetown.org/retail-strategy-and-recruitment-plan/.

Georgetown on the Move: Breakfast Bites on June 8

Breakfast Bites Transportation flyer 6-2-16Transportation and mobility are the focus for the next Breakfast Bites quarterly meeting on June 8. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly business development event sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program.

Georgetown on the Move is the theme for this meeting in which Nathaniel Waggoner, a transportation analyst for the City of Georgetown, will speak to a range of transportation topics and projects. Waggoner will discuss the Overall Transportation Plan that establishes the long-range framework for multi-modal transportation planning in the city over a 30-year horizon. That plan provided guidance for the Transportation Bond Committee and the City Council to develop of a list of 20 transportation and mobility projects that were approved by Georgetown voters last year. Two additional initiatives related to the Overall Transportation Plan include the Sidewalk Master Plan, the first phase of which was funded with $10 million from the 2015 bond election, and the fixed route bus plan, which is currently being considered by the City Council.

Waggoner also will address a growing network of on-demand transportation options, including rides provided by Faith in Action Caregivers. And finally, Waggoner will provide overviews of the Williams Drive Corridor Study and the current public outreach and assessment process related to the Austin Avenue Bridges. Questions and discussion will follow Waggoner’s presentation.

The event on Wednesday, June 8 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. Breakfast snacks, coffee, and drinks will be provided. Networking starts at 8 a.m.

Attendees should pre-register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager, by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at shelly.hargrove@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown.

Pop-up Performances This Summer

The Georgetown Main Street Program is looking for middle and high school students with vocal or instrumental talent to perform this summer in pop-up performances on the Square. Vocal or instrumental groups are invited to sign up for unplugged performances as a pilot program on Sundays in June and July.

PopUpPerformance-banner graphicSessions for these 30-minute pop-up performances would start at 1 p.m. on Sundays and end by 4:30 p.m. Locations are the Eighth Street patio by the Red Poppy Café at the Georgetown Public Library and at Founders Park at Church and Ninth streets.

This pop-up performance program is sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program and Georgetown ISD Fine Arts Department.

Find out more about the pop-up performance program and submit an online application mainstreet.georgetown.org/play/pop-up-performance-application.

For more information, Shelly Hargrove, manager of the Main Street Program, at mainstreet@georgetown.org.

Red Poppy Festival in Downtown Georgetown April 22 – 24

The 17th annual Red Poppy Festival on the downtown Square in Georgetown is this weekend on April 22 – 24. The biggest annual festival on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas starts on Friday night with three days of music, entertainment, and family fun.

Tracy Lawrence 2016 500Tracy Lawrence is the headliner at the Saturday night street dance and Kimberly Dunn starts the concert on Saturday night. The Friday night concert features Dysfunkshun Junkshun. There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities such as the car show, parade, children’s area, or vendor booths. Bring your own chair if you are coming to listen to the music.

Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Bike Ride on Saturday at 8 a.m., the Red Poppy 5k run on Saturday at 9 a.m., the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Sunday, don’t miss the BMX Pros doing amazing tricks on bikes at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 p.m. Come to watch and participate in the One-in-the-Hole ball drop with 28,000 ping pong balls on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Red Poppy Kid’s Fun Zone is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Fun Zone includes an obstacle course, a huge slide, a bounce house, a basketball game and a toddler playground.

The Red Poppy Festival is on track to become a Zero Waste event by 2021, which means that 90 percent of the waste from the event is recycled or composted. Food vendors are using only compostable plates, dishes, drinking straws, napkins, and cutlery and recyclable cups. Look for recycling and composting eco-stations and help the festival to become Zero Waste. You can start by bringing your own reusable shopping bags from home.

Winners of the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition featuring foods with poppy seeds will be announced on stage during the Saturday night concert.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

The official 2016 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 each at the Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. T-shirts are available at the festival.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. (Or see an online map at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.)

Street Closures

Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22, Austin Avenue will be closed from Sixth to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/parade. Detailed street closure information can be found at poppy.georgetown.org/about.

Free Shuttle on Saturday

A free shuttle will run on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Avenue. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.

Event Parking

The Williamson County parking garage at Rock Street and Fourth Street and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets (next to Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King, Jr. Street at W. Eighth Street and at W. Sixth Street are also available. There is no charge for parking.

Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Downtown Lowdown Meeting April 13

Come find out about upcoming City projects and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, April 13.

The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth Street. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Library events
  • Historic Resource Survey mobile workshop
  • Downtown West schematic design update
  • Austin Avenue Bridge update
  • Founders Park and VFW Park update
  • Red Poppy Festival 2016 on April 22 – 24
  • Red Poppy Festival zero-waste initiative
  • Downtown sales tax trends

Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to Jackson Daly at (512) 819-3115 or at jackson.daly@georgetown.org.