Cedar City Downtown Retail Alliance
For information about the Cedar City Downtown Retail Alliance
Mark Baruffi, President
Cedar City’s Downtown Retail Alliance formed in February of 2010 with a mission to represent the interests of downtown business owners to develop and preserve the area as an inviting and vibrant center for commerce and activity.
The Alliance has also been diligent in partnering with community and government sectors to cultivate a new vision for the downtown. In August 2010, the Downtown Alliance requested that the Cedar City Rural Development Agency contract with HyettPalma and the National League of Cities to conduct an update to a study done in 1996. The purpose of the update was to provide a strategic Action Agenda Plan to be implemented over the next five years.
Upon completion of the study in January 2011, several members of the Alliance began serving on the Downtown Revitalization Board, appointed by Cedar City Corp to prioritize and implement the initiatives determined in by the Hyatt Palma study. Those initiatives included: a retail study, incentives for business owners to update their signage, tenant improvement grants to update buildings in the downtown, and grants for art benches and bike racks (utilizing the talents of local artisans). A Master Plan was also requested.
Moving forward, the Alliance has adopted several initiatives in an effort to keep the future bright for the downtown while maintaining much of its original character, including:
Educational Seminars and One on One Consulting: provide business owners educational seminars and personalized consulting, including: merchandising, interior/exterior décor, customer service, marketing, best business practices, social media, historical preservation, etc.
Advocacy: Alliance will continue to advocate stronger relationships with property owners to encourage their participation in the enhancement effort.
Charitable Contributions: contribute small grants to downtown specific events.
1. Cedar City Downtown Farmers Market- Provide local farmers with a place to sell produce and provide consumers the opportunity to purchase fresh, local produce.
2. July Jamboree Street Festival
3. Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival- a celebration of Cedar City’s livestock and agricultural heritage featuring a sheep parade down Main Street.
Events: Alliance will continue partnerships with Southern Utah University and Cedar City Corp to hold events in the downtown to create vibrancy and nightlife, including a concert series, in store mixers and art and wine events.
Downtown Promotions: The Downtown Alliance will work with business owners in promoting the historic district as the place to Shop, Dine, Play & Stay through promotional partnerships.
- Website-featuring downtown businesses & associate members, events calendar, things to do, historical information, heritage tour, videos, and business discounts.
- Social Media-implement a social media strategy utilizing FaceBook/Twitter/YouTube.
- Downtown Guide/Map-produce the “Dine, Shop , Play & Stay” featuring business listing, historical info, map, things to do and events
- Historical Tour.
Historical Preservation: Alliance will support initiatives to implement a historic preservation commission within the city to aid with identifying and protecting historic buildings and heritage sites and to help owners get into compliance with ADA/Seismic requirements through the City improvement incentive program.
Streetscape Plan and Implementation: Alliance will continue to propose a streetscape initiative utilizing the City Redevelopment funds to beautify and unify the historical and cultural themes of the downtown.
Downtown Clean –up: the Downtown Alliance will continue the tradition of holding an annual downtown clean-up each Spring to help beautify and maintain the cultural and historical elements of the district.
The Downtown Retail Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)4 organization.