Business Improvement District

A Business Improvement District (“BID”) is a self-help tool, created by the Pennsylvania Legislature, allowing property owners within a self-defined area to organize and assess the cost of providing desired services for their area. When owners representing 60% of the front footage along public streets within the proposed district have petitioned to create a BID to provide services, then all owners within the district are required to contribute their proportionate share of the cost.

The BID provides a mechanism for property owners to commit resources for a collective effort to provide services beyond those provided by the municipality. The proposed plan allows owners to contract for management and services similar to those found in shopping centers and office parks.

The Downtown Indiana BID will fund a four-point services program to grow downtown property owners’ investments, namely:

  • marketing and economic development
  • promotion of the district
  • maintenance of the district
  • management services/security

For more information on the Business Improvement District, or how the BID can assist with your business needs – Contact David Janusek. (724) 463-6110 or e-mail office@downtownindiana.org

 

BID Maintenance Request Form

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Northern Appalachian Folk Fest

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www.NORTHERNAPPFOLKFEST.org

September 9-11, 2016

Downtown Indiana, Pa

Friday 5pm

Saturday 11am

Sunday  11 am ???

 

Check back for more details and complete schedule

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2016 TASTE & TOUR:

               2016 Taste & Tour

Thursday July 14, 2016

Register at IRMC Park – 5 PM

Food Sampling 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Rafles and Score submissions at IRMC Park from 8:30-9:00 PM

$30 – Click Here For Tickets.

Register @ IRMC Park, 5pm Day Of Event.

Sample foods from Downtown Indiana in this annual fundraiser. Last year, 25 vendors participating providing samples at their own establishment, or remotely in Downtown Indiana’s IRMC Park.

Tickets also available at the Downtown Indiana Business Improvement District Office

39 N. 7th St #101 – Indiana, Pa 15701

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Indiana Multimodal Corridor Project

What is the Multimodal Corridor Study?

The purpose of the preliminary study is to develop a multimodal corridor between the Hoodlebug Trail, the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), the Borough of Indiana, and the White Township Recreation Complex. This project began with reviewing five alternative alignments, and through the 5 month study, was focused to two recommended routes. The project was tasked with developing preliminary plans for a safe and accessible connection for bicyclists to travel in the community between trail, campus and downtown. The consultants added to the project, finding locations for transportation mode transfers so that users could conveniently transfer between automobile, bicycle, walking and riding public transit. Additionally, the consultants identified this initiative as being an economic development tool to support the downtown and local businesses.

Additional Information & Upcoming Events

Indiana Multimodal Study Draft Report

The draft report is available for download. Please understand this is a draft, and once the final is available to public, we will substitute.

There is a public information discussion Thursday April 16th – At The Artists Hand Gallery. The event will host an open discussion about the pedestrian and bike connections in Indiana. Festivities include live music, artwork, Disobedient Spirits & a panel discussion. Panelists include David Conrad, Randy Datsko, Tom Flynn & Ed Patterson.

They will talk about what it means to have
bike and pedestrians in our downtown, the importance of recreation connections & providing links to regional
transportation corridors.

Where does Downtown Indiana Inc stand, and why should I attend?

As an organization that is here to help better Downtown Indiana, we invite you, on behalf of LINC, to attend a discussion regarding the Multi-Modal Corridor Project. The discussion will take place Thursday April 16th at The Artists Hand.  On April 2nd 2015, the Board of Directors of Downtown Indiana Inc voted all in favor to support the concept of this project. We urge you to attend this event, to help gain knowledge on the project, and to give yourself an opportunity to ask your questions on how this project can impact yourself, your business, and our Downtown district. We are very interested in your input!

Please share, everyone is welcome!

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Downtown Decathlon

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The 2016 Downtown Decathlon will take place on Friday, June 10th 2016.

The Downtown Decathlon is a fundraising event that exclusively benefits the Downtown Indiana “It’s A Wondeful life Parade, Film, and Festival.”

The Downtown Decathlon consists of 10 games in 10 Pubs, Your total score from all 10 games decides your place. You can purchase re-do’s at each game to help your score. The winner of the event will lead the 2016 It’s A Wonderful Life parade down Philadelphia St – Our main street of Downtown.

You can participate in different ways. You can register a team of 4 – 8 people. You can sponsor the event, either Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level. You can also volunteer, and be a part of the planning or event!

If interested in registering a team:

You can fill out an electronic form here!

Or you can print one out and send it to the enclosed contact info, by clicking here!

If interested in being a Sponsor, or Volunteer – Please contact David  Janusek at david@downtownindiana.org

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Fire & Ice Festival

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The first Fire & Ice Festival is in the books! Thank you so  much to everyone who made this possible. We look forward to making a bigger and better installment in 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Downtown Decathlon the the direct fundraiser for the Annual Downtown Indiana It’s A Wonderful Life Festival, Parade & Film. The decathlon is a competition between teams, that visit 10 venues playing 10 games. Best score wins! The winner will lead the parade down Philadelphia St and main bragging rights!

Below is the application for the 2015 event. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact the office!

Downtown Indiana Business Improvement District

39 N. 7th St. Indiana, Pa 15701  *  (724) 463-6110  *  office@downtownindiana.org

2015 Decathlon Registration Form

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Contact Us

New to Indiana, Have questions about upcoming events, starting a business, or just general information about Downtown Indiana?

 

Downtown Indiana Business Improvement District Office

39 N. 7th St Suite #101

Indiana, Pa 15701

O: (724) 463-6110 F: (724) 463-1293

 

Staff:

Director:

David Janusek

Cell: (724) 717-9361

David@Downtownindiana.org

 

Office Assistant:

Dory Campbell

Dory@Downtownindiana.org

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 25rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set for Saturday, March 12, 2016 in historic Downtown Indiana.  This festive celebration is sponsored and supported by local Irish pub and restaurant, The Coney Island.

If your organization would like to participate in the parade, please fill out the DOWNTOWN INDIANA PARADE APPLICATION.

 

The history of the parade dates back to March 21, 1992.  Keith Bloom was the first person to initiate the St. Patrick’s Day event in downtown Indiana.  Bloom was a retired band director and music teacher from Marion Center School District.  At that time, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday was a nearly a weeklong festival (lasting five days) referred to as “Green Week”.  There was a committee that assisted Bloom in putting the event together each year; included in that committee was Robert Strock who worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Bloom was chairperson of Green Week and Strock chaired the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Downtown Indiana also assisted in the coordination of the parade.  The group would meet regularly at The Coney to plan the event.  Bloom and Strock ran the event for several years.  A fundraiser was held to help cover costs of Green Week.  Irish flags were sold and purchased in the name of relatives, businesses and organizations.  The flags would then be displayed along Philadelphia Street.  The Leprechaun Look Alike Contest also started in 1992.  It was created by Myron Tomb and had nine different categories at that time.  Included in Green Week was the Environmental Fair that was chaired by former state representative, Sara Steelman.  There was also a “Pot of Gold” contest give away.  Delaney Chevrolet car dealership would generously donate a green car and then that car would be kindly filled with numerous bags of groceries by Giant Eagle, courtesy of former owner, Ed Bratton.  The parade units consisted of various Irish themed floats.  The National Bank of Commonwealth (NBOC) sponsored all of the bag piper bands and drummers for the parade.

 

After Mr. Bloom passed away Downtown Indiana took over the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Coney has always been a strong, dedicated supporter of the event.  The parade has become much more costly over the years.  It is because of The Coney’s generous support and donations to the event that it continues on today.  The Coney pays for the cost of the street closure, as well as the bagpipers.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is still one of the most celebrated events in Downtown Indiana and is filled with many community organizations and businesses as well as the local schools.

For this year’s event, the fun and festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Spaghetti Benders where there will be the annual Wee Laddies & Wee Lassies Leprechaun Look-Alike contest.  The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Fifth and Philadelphia Street, and will travel down to Eighth and Philadelphia Street. It will feature the Laurel Highlander Pipes and Drums, a bagpipe organization, and the usual favorites of community organizations.  Downtown Indiana and The Coney warmly welcome you to join us for this family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  Be sure to stop by The Coney after the parade and grab a frothy pint; eat some traditional Irish food, while enjoying the sounds of the bagpipers.

*Some of the information in this article was provided by the Indiana Historical Society and The Coney Island Restaurant.

Written by: Downtown Indiana

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Wine Walk

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November 4th, 2016. Registration 5PM @ The Coney.

What is the Wine Walk?

The Wine Walk is the kick-off of the Downtown Indiana Shopping season, and the feature of the Downtown Business Open House Weekend. The 2015 Wine Walk included 14 Retailers open for shopping, teamed up with a regional winery offering samples to those 21 years of age or older. The Wine Walk is also a fundraiser for Downtown Indiana, benefiting the annual marketing of the Downtown Indiana Business Improvement District and operation costs. Each ticket buyer will receive a complementary stem-less wineglass, and a unique event lanyard.

Tickets can be purchased from the Downtown Indiana office, from Downtown Indiana Board Members, as well as, by visiting the Wine Walk participating retailers, please see below.

Tickets are not yet available – Please check back in October!

 Visit again soon for more information on the 2016 Event!

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