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October 18, 2018

Main Street Complete Streets Construction Project


Objective:
  • Replace aging water, electrical, and concrete infrastructure.
  • Increase pedestrian walkability, safety and accessibility.
  • Increase lighting within the corridor.
  • Slow down traffic with roundabouts and a road diet.
  • Widen sidewalks and increase connectivity between districts.
  • Install modern features like wifi and wireless sound system.
  • Create a destination for locals and tourists.

2018 Construction Season Update:

  • Water service tie-ins continues along W. Broadway between Auburn and Miller. Contractor will contact each business prior to any water shut off.
  • Water line installation began along W. Broadway between Schwartz and Lake St.
  • Construction continues around the Civic Center area.

Should you have any questions regarding this project, road closures, or street restrictions, please do not hesitate to call Public Works Dept at 505-599-1308 or visit http://www.fmtn.org/633/Projects-and-Construction for all the latest on road projects.



Jazz Jam at Civic Center

Weekly Happenings:

  • Mondays: BRP Training Classes from 8am-10am.  See upcoming topics below.*
  • Wednesdays: New Location!!! Jazz Jam will be held in the Civic Center Lobby from 7pm-9pm.  Enjoy free hotdogs and water.  Sponsored by the San Juan Jazz Society.  
  • Thursdays: Downtown Maker's Market in Orchard Park from 4:30pm to dusk.  Anything handmade, homemade, and homegrown!  Continues through October 25th.

Upcoming Events:

  • Boo-palooza: Downtown Main Street, Wednesday, October 31rst, 4pm-6pm.  If you are participating, please contact Michael to place your candy order. 
  • Halloween Dance: Civic Center, Wednesday, October 31rst, 7pm-9pm. All dressed up and nowhere to go? Join us at the Farmington Civic Center for a night out in costume. Concessions, cash bar, dance contest, costume contest and more! $5 cover.  This is a family friendly event!
  • Craft Fair: Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, Saturday, November 3rd, 8 AM – 2 PM. This is a traditional Craft Fair with hand-made items. Over 40 tables displaying the talents of local artists. Booths are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Call (505) 599-1390 for more info.
  • Small Business Saturday: Downtown Main Street, all day Saturday, November 24th, 2018.  Start planning now, see information below to get your free custom swag.
  • 2018 Festival of Trees: Civic Center, November 29 through December 2nd. Now in its 16th year, Festival of Trees has been a beloved holiday tradition across the Four Corners. We offer several special activities throughout the 4-day festival in addition to just exploring the dozens of handcrafted trees, wreaths and centerpieces that are available to win through the raffle. Tickets for the raffle are only $.50 each and there's no general admission fee to the festival. All proceeds benefit the local programming of Presbyterian Medical Services.
Boo-Palooza 2018

Do you have an event you want to tell the 4 Corners about?

Submit your event to our Convention & Visitor Bureau calendar: 
https://farmingtonnm.org/events/submit-an-event 

Did you know? Memberships to the FCVB start at $50/year.  This is a great way to get your business listed on one of the top performing website in our community.


Business Resiliency Program


The next training module, Keeping Your Business Financially Healthy, will help you gain insight and knowledge on making successful financial decisions for your business. We will learn about:

  • Debt-to-income ratios
  • Creating a credit profile
  • Working with your banker
  • Enhancing your cash flow

This is the sixth of ten trainings focused on small business marketing and financial preparedness. Future topics will include email marketing, social media, financial and cash flow management, advertising basics, and Point of Sale systems.  These trainings are open to any small business in the region and are held during retail-friendly hours, every Monday at 8am-10am.  Visit www.fdbrp.org for more information and  to register.* 

  • October 22nd - Keeping Your Business Financially Healthy* - Dylan Jenks
  • October 29th - Merchandising For Main Street Retailers Workshop (evening class) - Scott Day
  • November 5th - Email Marketing and Desktop Publishing - Judy Castleberry
  • November 12th - Market Research Basics - Carmen Martinez
  • November 19th - Social Media Marketing - a deeper dive with guest speaker Robyne Beaubien

At the end of October, a Merchandising workshop will be held the evening of October 29th.  This is a 2-hour group presentation Monday, October 29th at 6:30-8:30pm at the Civic Center that will cover retail merchandising.

  • Creating Foot Traffic
  • Floor Plans that Sell
  • Window Displays
  • Lighting
  • Finding and Constructing Props
  • Seasonal Windows
  • Actual Case Studies will be presented

Register now for the evening workshop at www.fdbrp.org. The following two days will consist of one-on-one in-store consultations.  Call 505-599-8443 now to reserve your in-store consultation with Scott Day!


For more info on Scott Day: www.urbandevelopmentservices.com

*All meetings are held at HQ at 119 W. Main unless otherwise stated.


Small Business Saturday:


NOW OPEN: THE SHOP SMALL® STUDIO

We’re excited to announce that customizable marketing materials are now available in the Shop Small Studio!

In about 2 minutes you can create personalized profile pics, email templates, posters, and more to promote your business and help attract even more customers on Small Business Saturday®, Nov 24. This year, we’ve added new ways to talk about your business and a variety of color options to help your business stand out.

After you create your customizable marketing materials, you can request a Shop Small Kit, compliments of American Express. Each Kit is filled with items like tote bags, thank-you cards, stickers, and more to decorate your business and help it stand out on the day. Quantities are limited, so don’t wait to submit your request.

Sincerely,
The Small Business Saturday Team

Click here to start creating: www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/?linknav=us-loy-nav-shopsmallbutton


Dumpsters in the Downtown Area:


Many of our dumpster have been fitted with locking castors to prevent them for rolling out of place or being easily pushed into traffic.  If you have a need for locking castors please let us know at HQ.  Additionally, many dumpsters have been fitted with locking lids and it's important to keep these lids closed and locked, this is a great way to add some security, prevent illegal dumping, and also decrease the litter in the alleyways.  Call the customer service number on your bill to add this option.  As the weather turns cold, people seek shelter in the dumpsters.  Please report any issues and contact WM for solutions.  Lastly, please check inside and around your dumpster regularly and keep dumpster lids closed and locked on non-service days. Thank you.

Dumpster Warning 2018

Stakeholder meetings: 


Next meeting on Monday, October  29th at 10am is cancelled because we will be hosting Scott Day of Urban Development Services that evening for a special Merchandising Workshop.*  See information on this workshop above. However Michael and I are here as a resource for you and your business, so bring your questions and concerns anytime or ideas to make downtown a thriving and inviting place for our customers and visitors!


Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency meeting update:


PLEASE NOTE:  The MRA meeting regularly scheduled for October 16th has been changed to October 23rd at 4pm.*  On the agenda are updates on BRP program, the NMMS program, and the construction project and a zone change request. 


The Totah Tommy Singer Mural
The Totah Theater mural

Art in the Alley


Please visit the first two murals located behind Brown’s Shoe Fit inside the pocket park behind Studio 116.  One mural has been completed by James Joe and his crew and the other is in process by Jamie Fairchild (see left).

Completed is the mural installation behind The Totah Theater, the artist is Tommy Singer, shown left.  In progress, is the mural behind Capacity Builders.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities to volunteer are available.  This is a way to help out along side your fellow downtown neighbor.  Contact Michael for more information. 

  • Next work day is at Downtown Junkers on October 6th from 10-4pm.  We will be clearing out the vacant space for the new pocket park.
  • Help out artists with upcoming mural installations.

Our Goal:

The purpose of this newsletter is to be transparent and open about our plans for this large-scale infrastructure investment with the downtown stakeholders.  We recognize the potential for economic growth that could result from a project of this magnitude, but also the challenges that come.  Additional details on any of the above referenced items are on file at HQ at 119 W. Main or on our website. Feedback is always welcome and participation is always encouraged!

Michael Bulloch

Contact Us:


Michael Bulloch
Downtown Coordinator & Executive Director for MainStreet Program and Arts & Cultural District

119 W. Main Street
505-599-8442 office
505-716-6057 cell
mbulloch@fmtn.org

Sherry M. Roach
Project Coordinator
119 W. Main Street
505-599-8443 office
505-427-1512 cell
shroach@fmtn.org

Sherry Roach
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