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Downtown’s Eat Authentico Restaurant Crawl Returns; Tickets Now on Sale

The Downtown Management District and five locally-owned downtown restaurants are teaming up to provide El Pasoans an exclusive dining opportunity.

The Downtown Eat Authentico Restaurant Crawl is back, and will once again provide participants with a five-course meal served at five different downtown restaurants (one course per restaurant).

The event will take place on September 26th, 27th and 28th.

Groups of 10 will start their crawl at 6pm and 7pm on all three nights, with an additional crawl starting at 8pm on Friday, September 28th.

The Eat Authentico Restaurant Crawl is a ticketed event and only 70 tickets over the three days are available.

Each crawl will be limited to 10 people per time period. Tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday crawls are $40 with tickets to the Friday crawls priced at $45 and all tickets are available at downtownelpaso.com.

The menu and walking tour will include the following:

Course Item & Description Location
Appetizer Boureka and Samosa Pot Au Feu, 307 E. Franklin Ave.
Appetizer Arancini di Riso – Fried Rissoto and Porcini Mushroom Ball with a housemade Marinara Sauce The Downtowner at Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas St.
Entrée Blackened Fish with Salad Mac’s Downtown, 315 E. Mills
Entrée Lasagna with Garlic Bread House of Pizza, 208 N. Stanton St.
Dessert Berries and Dark Chocolate Crepe Crepe & Co., 117 N. Stanton St.

*There will be no menu item substitutions or special menu alternatives, such as vegan options.

Downtown Management District to Host ‘Start Up Downtown’ Initiative

The El Paso Downtown Management District (DMD) wants to highlight the growing business opportunities within Downtown El Paso through a new initiative called Start Up Downtown.

This initiative will kick-off with the first annual Start Up Downtown 1 to 1 Business Seminar, Workshop and Tour on Saturday, September 15th starting at 10am at the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon Street.

According to DMD officials, Start Up Downtown is “a new initiative of the Downtown Management District to reestablish Downtown El Paso as the City’s foremost location for investment, entrepreneurship and opportunity for all types, sizes and forms of business.”

The initiative brings together the resources and expertise of numerous economic development partners including the Downtown Management District, City of El Paso Economic Development Department, El Paso County the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Border Center, the Small Business Development Center Network, the Minority Business Development Agency, and others.

These resources will be available to existing and potential downtown businesses and property owners.  This event is free to the public and those interested can register at www.downtownelpaso.com.

3 Areas of Focus

  1. Business Services

Utilizing many existing services the DMD already provides, we increase our outreach to existing businesses and property owners to help provide them with information and resources to operate in our ever-changing world and take advantage of the new opportunities emerging in our resurging downtown.

Business Services includes grants, marketing, web/social media coaching, business development, and available property listings.

  1. Connections and Information

When determining where to locate your office or establish a business, information and understanding about the area is critical. Basic demographic information currently exists for properties and businesses within Downtown El Paso. We will supplement that content with information gained from additional research, surveys and on the street analysis.

With the support of property owners, we’ll maintain a list of available properties. Lastly, we continue to expose El Pasoans to local businesses through our ongoing promotions and events.

  1. 1 to 1 Business Seminar, Workshop & Tour

The concept which started it all was the need for an event to connect entrepreneurs with the information, expertise and opportunity that exists in Downtown El Paso. On Saturday, September 15th the DMD and its partner agencies will host the first annual Start Up Downtown 1 to 1 Business Seminar, Workshop & Tour.

Entrepreneurs will be invited to this free event (registration at online) to learn about downtown’s changing economy and hear from current downtown business owners.  From there, they will be able to speak 1 to 1 with a variety of service providers who cater to small business development. Business development and service professionals will be on hand to start conversations.

Lastly, attendees will be invited to tour available spaces that day and speak to brokers about future relationships. The overall goal of this event is to expose the public to opportunities downtown and to plant the seeds for future investment.

 

Event Schedule

9:30am – 10am           Check-in & Registration

10am – 10:15am         Networking

10:15 – 11am              Seminar

Speakers Include: Joe Gudenrath, DMD; Mel Maese, Pizza Joint; Miguel Diaz, Hotel Indigo; Johnny Escalante, One:One; Emily Beardmore, El Paso Live; and Paul Kortenaar, El Paso children’s museum.

11am – 1pm                Workshop

Participants Include: Ghostlight Creative; Lift Fund; Devo Design & Construction; Downtown Management District; City of El Paso Economic Development; Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Development Center; El Paso Inc.; Event Creators; Women’s Business Border Center; and Minority Business Development Agency.

12pm – 3pm                Tour

Available properties include: 416 N. Stanton St.; 501 S. Campbell; 300 E. Main; 304 S. Stanton St.; 100 N. Stanton St.; 401 E. Main; 909 Texas Ave.; 500 N. Oregon; and 109 N. Oregon.

El Pasoans Pick Downtown El Paso’s Crescendo Music Contest Winners

In early June, the Downtown Management District (DMD) challenged local musicians to compose an original song in any genre that was inspired by Downtown El Paso (DTEP).

The song finalists were posted on the contest voting page and the public was encouraged to vote with a ‘LIKE’ for one or more of their favorite songs.

After a few weeks of voting, El Pasoans selected their winners.

First Place and winner of a $300 Gift Certificate to Café Central and a music video produced by Sir Realistic Productions goes to RC Manor for his song, “Sun City Lovin’”. 

Second Place and winner of $150 Gift Certificate to Anson 11 goes to Sebastian Garcia, for his song, “Paper Border Cutout”.

Third Place and winner of a $50 Gift Certificate to Park Tavern goes to Joseph Martinez for his song, “Love My City”.

Downtown Management District’s Yearly Survey Ready for Community Input

The El Paso Downtown Management District (DMD) is once again asking for public input about Downtown El Paso and the ongoing efforts of the DMD to improve the heart of the city.

The survey, now in its fourth year, is a crucial component in shaping DMD’s direction and focus when it comes to the downtown area.

“This will be our fourth public survey, and we expect the community will continue to update us on what is important to them in downtown and how we can improve as an organization. This process should always include the opinions of not only our stakeholders but the general public as well. The strength of a downtown impacts the entire community and our downtown should reflect that,” said DMD Executive Director Joe Gudenrath.

During the month of July, the DMD encourages downtown property owners, business owners, employees, visitors and the general public to take its online survey and then share their opinion on the current conditions of downtown, the performance of the DMD and future priorities for the area.

The survey can be accessed by visiting DowntownElPaso.com and clicking on the slider, the About DMD section or directly at Downtown Survey.

Participants can also register for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate/card to a downtown business within the DMD boundaries.

The information gained from this brief, unscientific survey will be used by the DMD to better measure its performance and provide guidance on what is important to its stakeholders and the entire El Paso community.

Past survey results have contributed to the creation of the DMD’s Downtown Ambassador Program and additional grant programs including the Downtown Mural Grant Program.

The online survey is available in English and Spanish. For those without online access, hard copies can be obtained at the DMD offices located at 201 East Main. Suite 107, or by calling (915) 400-2294.

DMD Announces Downtown Crescendo Music Contest

Musically-inclined El Pasoans now have a chance to serenade Downtown El Paso (DTEP) via an original song in any genre of music, as a group, band, or solo, as long as your song expresses something positive about DTEP.

In a Friday morning news release, DMD Officials shared, “We invite any and all musicians to create something timeless and endearing to celebrate our downtown.”

“Winners will be chosen by a voting public, so gather your biggest supporters or earn new ones with your musical chops,” officials added

Winners will have their song distributed online through our DTEP social channels and win gift cards to some of DTEP’s best restaurants including Café Central, Anson 11, and Park Tavern.

First place will have a music video produced to their song by Sir Realistic Productions and posted to the Downtown El Paso Youtube Channel.

  • Second Place Winner-$150 Gift Card to Anson 11
  • Third Place Winner-$50 Gift Card to Park Tavern

Submissions (audiofiles) will be accepted via Dropbox or Google Drive links and e-mailed to rvasquez@elpasodmd.org.  Official rules are online, as is the Crescendo Parental Consent Form for Minors wanting to submit; all they have to do is Sign and e-mail to rvasquez@elpasodmd.org or drop off 201 East Main Ste. 107)

DEADLINE for Submissions is midnight, June 29, 2018. Winners will be announced in the July 5th edition of the INSIDER Newsletter; (Click here to subscribe)

Downtown Ambassadors Return for Summer Season

With the summer event season now if full swing, Downtown Ambassadors adorned in purple shirts will now be active on weekends, and event times to assist downtown visitors.

“Since the inception of the program we have learned that greeting visitors to our downtown with a smile goes a long way. Our ambassadors have been trained to assist in providing directions, information, recommendations, and a helping hand. The feeling visitors have when they visit is what they remember, so look for those smiles and purple shirts,” said DMD Executive Director, Joe Gudenrath.

The Downtown Welcome Ambassador Program places friendly, identifiable, knowledgeable and trained ambassadors in public downtown spaces to greet visitors, answer questions, provide maps, and assist people as needed.

The Downtown Management District (DMD) implemented the program in 2016 as a response to a growing downtown and the desire to, as DMD officials say, “help in making the experience for visitors a positive one.”

For more information, visit the DMD’s Website.

DMD Announces New Downtown Bike Rack Program

The El Paso Downtown Management District (DMD) has developed a program to increase the number of bike racks in the downtown community to benefit the property and business owners in addition to cyclists.

“As Downtown El Paso becomes more bicycle friendly, we wanted to come up with a simple process that allows for the request and installation of bike racks within a relatively short amount of time,” said DMD Executive Director Joe Gudenrath. “This program eliminates the disincentive to the property/business owners and encourages the installation of much needed infrastructure.”

The process is simple. Property/business owners fill out the Bicycle Rack Request Form located on the DMD’s website, and submit it to the organization. The DMD and the City will inspect the site to determine compliance with City requirements in relation to the rack’s position on the sidewalk.

Once the site is approved, or an acceptable location is identified, the rack will be installed by the DMD. Maintenance of the racks will also be provided by the DMD. The entire process is expected to take less than 45 days.

The current process requires the property/business owner to apply for a special privilege permit for the placement of a bike rack on private property. Along with the permit, the applicant must purchase the rack, and pay an annual permit fee. Maintenance of the rack also falls on the permit applicant.

Distribution of bike racks under the new program will be based on a first-come, first-served basis of suitable locations.

Funds for this program are limited to approximately 20 racks, and once exhausted, the program will be on hold until additional funds are made available.

Downtown Management District’s Hidden Hearts Scavenger Hunt Returns

On the heels of the Barstool Open event, the Downtown Management District (DMD) keeps their fingers on the pulse by bringing back the Valentine season’s Hidden Hearts scavenger hunt.

“The Barstool Open was a great success and while we prepare for the next in our series of annual events, we will continue to offer our signature grassroots contests like the Hidden Hearts. These efforts are designed to showcase what the downtown has to offer as we move forward through renovations and infrastructure improvements–great businesses are still open and worth visiting,” said Joe Gudenrath, DMD Executive Director.

The public is offered the opportunity to win prizes to downtown restaurants just in time for Valentine’s Day and have a great time while doing it.

All five (5) papel picado hearts will be hidden on businesses’ storefronts throughout downtown in each of the five (5) districts starting today.  This time every participant must find all five (5) hearts to be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to one of five great downtown restaurants.

Use the clues scavenger hunt style! Every participant that finds all five (5) hearts is automatically entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards from Downtown El Paso (DTEP) restaurants: Tabla, 501 Bistro, Coco Loko, The Park Tavern, and Café Central.

To play, just follow these steps:

Step 1 –           Use the clues posted at DowntownElPaso.com to find the Hidden Hearts.

Step 2 –           Take a selfie with the heart!

Step 3 –           Post each photo or a collage of the photos and tag us @DowntownElPaso on InstagramFacebook or direct message us the photos!

No purchase is necessary in order to participate. Contest ends February 11, 2018. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 12, 2018 via social media and at DowntownElPaso.com; visit the SPOTLIGHT section.

Organizers remind contestants to make posts public so they are visible for inclusion in contest.

El Centro District Clue:

There is no Trick to finding this Heart
On a window where Music is the performing Art
It is next to a House of Ink
And Rock is washed down with a Drink

 

Las Plazas Arts District Clue:

Look inside where you’ll find Plumes of Smoke
This place, playtime with Poker, will Invoke
Across from a Monument to History
You might find a Cuban and solve this Mystery

 

Union Plaza District Clue:

Part of the name rhymes with Amen
Indeed, you’ll be praying for more, Again and Again
An Eatery that celebrates a Food created by the Japanese
A dish that elevates a Soup eaten in College with Ease

 

Office District Clue:

Look for this Shop beside San Jacinto Plaza
El Paso Art, and Tees, and Photos perfect for your Casa
A store that deals in Merchandise, Authentic and Local
If you find it, do not spoil it – be anything but Vocal!

 

Government District Clue:

Find this Heart at a Bar that is almost as good as drinking at your House
You will find it, as always, right next to the El Paso County Courthouse
A Watering-hole with a little bit of Soul, the jukebox plays everything except maybe Rap
But the company is so good, even if it does, your foot will begin to…

 

RULES

– Clues will be posted on social media @DowntownElPaso and SPOTLIGHT section of DowntownElPaso.com

– Both couples and singles can enter, however; couples posting in same photo count as one entry.

– You must find and send selfies with all five (5) hearts to be entered for a chance to win.

– Do not post location of heart. Saying where the heart is located on social media will disqualify you.

– Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash value. (No purchase necessary to participate.)

New Event to Highlight Downtown Bars, Test Miniature Golf Skills

A miniature golf tournament is headed to Downtown El Paso, to show off the city’s nightlife and to test resident’s mini-golf skills

The Barstool Open, presented by Miller Lite and Topgolf and produced by the Downtown Management District (DMD), is a 9-hole miniature golf tournament with holes spread throughout seven downtown bars.

For a $60 registration fee ($80 for day-of registration), teams of four will receive a swag bag, play 9-holes of miniature golf, have the opportunity to compete for a variety of prizes, and experience some of the downtown’s great bars.

The Barstool Open is but one the Downtown Management District’s latest event highlighting downtown assets.

In April, the DMD will host the second annual Downtown Living Tour showcasing modern, urban residential options. Also in September, the DMD will also host the second annual Eat Authentico Restaurant Crawl, as well as the Running of the Bulls 5k Run/Walk in October.

More information and registration can be accessed online. The event will be held on Saturday, January 27th. Packet pick-up and day-of registration will be open from 10:30am-1pm at Circa 1963.

Golfing will start at 11am and run through 3pm, with teams guiding themselves to the various locations at their leisure and in their desired order. An awards ceremony will be held from 3-4:30pm at Circa 1963.

Participating bars include:

  • Circa 1963, 325 N. Kansas (inside Hotel Indigo)
  • Craft & Social, 305 E. Franklin
  • EPIC Bar & Nightclub, 510 N. Stanton
  • Gray Dog, 500 N. Oregon St.
  • International, 114 E. Mills Ave.
  • Park Tavern, 204 E. Mills Ave.
  • The Speak Easy, 303 E. Franklin Ave.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • The Topgolf Best Team Costume/Outfit (Prizes provided by Topgolf)
  • Best Team Name
  • Low Team Score
  • Low Individual Score
  • The Coffee Box Hole-in-One prize (Free Coffee Box beverage (up to $5 value) for participants who make a hole-in-one)

DMD Focusing on Small Businesses for Holiday Season

The Downtown Management District (DMD) is focusing on supporting small businesses this holiday shopping season. With more people than ever visiting Downtown El Paso through the holidays for the seasonal decorations, Winterfest, and shopping, there is an opportunity to support small businesses in the district as well.

Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday takes place on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (November 25, 2017), but shopping is encouraged throughout the season.

The DMD is distributing over 300 tote bags with a variety of additional promotional items to help the businesses get the word out–such branded items include: pet bandanas, hearts, pennants, banners, welcome mats, balloons, tent cards, buttons, posters, pens, and more!

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In addition, the DMD is investing in paid advertising to increase of the reach of the message. The “support local” and “shop small,” message is being broadcast in both English and Spanish.

In an effort to connect some small business owners to the public, the DMD is also producing a “Faces of Small Business” video series on the Downtown El Paso YouTube channel. The DMD will add to the video playlist with more small business highlights over the course of the season and can first be seen by signing up for the weekly INSIDER newsletter.

“The DMD recognizes the importance of small business investments to our downtown. Not only does it add to the variety and character of Downtown El Paso, but they are a reflection of a community you won’t find anywhere else. We encourage the public to support small businesses and add downtown to their list of holiday shopping destinations, where they’ll not only find local retail, but café’s, and restaurants too.”

The DMD is also sponsoring the Wintermarket at this year’s Winterfest with even more small businesses that will have even more holiday gift items to purchase.

Here are a few small business statistics from the Small Business Administration:

  • Small businesses account for 99.7% of all businesses in the US.
  • Small businesses accounted for 64% of new jobs created in the U.S. between 1993-2011
  • If you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same at a large business, only $43 stays in your local economy. (Source: Civic Economics Study in Grand Rapids, Michigan)

DMD Approves Grant Funds for Facade, New Mural

The Downtown Management District (DMD) Board of Directors approved a total of $34,500 in grant funds at the most recent DMD Board of Directors meeting.

The property at 601 Texas Ave., as part of the Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant program and the Roderick Artspace El Paso Lofts Housing at 601 N. Oregon St. as part of the Downtown Mural Grant Program.

Stanton Street Development LLC was approved for the maximum $25,000 in Façade grant funds on a 1:1 match – the estimated total project cost is $208,241.00.

Planned façade improvements on the property at 601 Texas Ave., include but are not limited to repair of exterior stucco, refurbishment of column tiles, replacement of main entrance doors, and exterior elastomeric painting.

The Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant program provides matching funds to existing businesses and/or property owners to make improvements to the exterior of buildings in the boundaries of the El Paso DMD, and/or the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 5 (TIRZ).

The program is managed by the DMD with funding from the DMD and TIRZ.

Applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis while funding is available. Applicants can apply for up to $25,000 in reimbursement funding.

Artspace El Paso Lofts Housing LP, La Frontera Conservation Fund, was approved for $9,500 of mural grant funds on a 1:1 match with an estimated total project cost of $20,000.

The maximum grant available is $10,000 and each grant dollar must be matched by a private investment dollar (1:1 ratio).

The mural measuring 20’x15.5’ by Artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado celebrates El Paso artists of numerous mediums and will adorn the Missouri Ave. side of the Roderick Artspace Lofts complex above the resident parking lot located at 601 N. Oregon.

The Downtown Mural Grant Program provides funding to existing business and/or property owners to establish or restore murals within the DMD boundaries. All proposed mural projects are reviewed by a panel of local art professionals and the DMD Grant Review Committee.

Standard paint and/or artistic design element improvements will not be considered under this program, but may be eligible improvements under the Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program.

Funding is currently available for additional grant applications.  Property owners interested in improving the exterior of their building can call the DMD at (915) 400-2294 or e-mail TMais@elpasodmd.org

DMD: Community Positive on Downtown Progress

The Downtown Management District (DMD) conducted their third annual downtown survey during the entire month of July 2017, and the results are in.

The ten (10) question online survey, made available in both English and Spanish, garnered 1,123 total respondents – almost double than last year.

 

The online survey was distributed via local media, social media, flyers, direct mail and e-mail.

Regarding the Current Conditions of Downtown El Paso:

  • 75% of respondents say Downtown is Progressing
  • 66% of respondents say their Perception of Downtown has Improved over the last 12 months
  • Among Downtown Visitors, 55% came for Events
  • Of those events attracting people, Sporting Events were the main driver (38%)

Regarding the future of downtown, the public’s top 3 priorities are:

  1. Safety/Security
  2. Family Friendly Atmosphere and Businesses
  3. Parking

“We value what our stakeholders and the general public thinks of the DMD and the downtown, and I’m pleased to see that the community continues to recognize the progress being made. It’s vital we don’t take this support for granted, and that we keep our finger on the pulse of the public so we can continue to improve our programs and aid in the prosperity of our downtown. This survey offers the kind of insightful criticism and positive feedback that is crucial to the course we set in the coming year.” said DMD Executive Director, Joe Gudenrath.

The DMD utilizes the unscientific, online survey to gauge the opinions of downtown property owners, business owners, employees, visitors and the general public on the present conditions of the downtown, future needs, and the performance of the DMD itself.

“The DMD thanks all who participated including our winner of the $100 gift certificate to The Pizza Joint, Jose Montoya,” said Gudenrath, adding, “We will always keep the views of the public in mind as we continue our efforts to breathe more life into our downtown through our programs and advocacy.”

For complete results, visit DowntownElPaso.com

Video+Story: DMD Announces ‘REEL Authentico’ Video Contest Winners

The Downtown Management District (DMD) has announced the winner of their ‘REEL Authentico’ video contest.

Earlier this summer, DMD invited local filmmakers to produce a video capturing the spirit of ‘Authentico’ in Downtown El Paso (DTEP) in a contest.

The winner will not only be profiled in an INSIDER feature article, they will also have their video distributed on the official Downtown El Paso Youtube channel, and be presented at the Plaza Classic Film Festival (August 6, 2017 @ 2:30pm in the Foundation Room 333 N. Oregon)

Additionally, first, second and third places will be awarded gift cards to Downtown El Paso businesses of their choice.

Contestants were asked to highlight an area, spotlight people, a local scene, or provide any narrative that shows the authenticity of downtown, while keeping it positive.

1st Place

At the end of the day, judges scored this video highest for it’s careful scripting and production quality. Orlando Cordova represented Laughterhours Comedy and submitted this video and earned the number one spot!

2nd Place

Daniel Rios-Lopera created a kinetic and upbeat tour of Downtown El Paso with his video submission that won him 2nd place!

3rd Place

Ryan Ortegon left out a music track in favor of a more organic experience, letting the sounds of the Cobbler’s equipment and the bustling downtown noises provide the soundtrack for this intimate conversation with the Cobbler. As Authentico as they come, this video earned third place!

Judges for the contest were:

Estela Casas (KVIA) upper right, Robert Holguin (KFOX14) upper left, Faran Fronczak (KTSM) lower left, Chico (El Paso Chihuahuas) lower right, and Filmmaker, Angie Reza Tures (center)

Downtown Management District Asks for Public Input via Annual Survey

For the third consecutive year, the El Paso Downtown Management District (DMD) is looking for feedback from the public about the heart of the city, by way of their annual survey.

“This will be our third public survey, and we expect the community will continue to update us on what is important to them in downtown and how we can improve as an organization. This process should always include the opinions of not only our stakeholders but the general public as well. The strength of a downtown impacts the entire community and our downtown should reflect that,” said DMD Executive Director Joe Gudenrath.

During the month of July, the DMD encourages downtown property owners, business owners, employees, visitors and thegeneral public to take its  online survey and share their opinion on the current conditions of the downtown, the performance of the DMD and future priorities for the area.

The survey can be accessed by visiting DowntownElPaso.com and clicking on the slider, the “About DMD section” or  Downtown Survey.  Public input is a crucial component in shaping Downtown El Paso and the ongoing efforts of the DMD.

Participants can register for a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate/card to a downtown business within the DMD boundaries.

The information gained from this brief, unscientific survey will be used by the DMD to better measure its performance and provide guidance on what is important to its stakeholders and the entire El Paso community.

For those without online access hardcopies can be obtained at the DMD offices located at 201 E. Main Ste. 107, or by calling (915) 400-2294.

First Applicant for Downtown Mural Grant Completes Work

On April 27, 2017, the Downtown Management District Board of Directors approved its first grant application under the recently created Downtown Mural Grant Program.

The applicants, Madhi and Priya Nair of Hotel Indigo located at 325 North Kansas Street, were awarded up to $3,431.10 for the $7,256.66 project that is located at the hotel’s garage entrance along Main Drive.

The program which was established in January 2017, is designed to incentivize the creation and/or restoration of murals visible to the public. A review panel consisting of arts professionals was established to review each proposed mural for quality and appropriateness prior to being reviewed by the Grant Committee and the DMD Board.

The grant program can provide one grant dollar for every private investment dollar up to the maximum grant of $10,000.

The approved mural is now complete and can be seen at Hotel Indigo’s garage entrance on Main Drive. Lead artist on the mural is Grave Herrera, and dimensions of the art are 12 ft. by 7.7 ft.

Applicant, Madhi Nair, serves on the DMD Board of Directors and did not participate in the discussion, deliberation and vote that took place during the review of this application. An affidavit is on file with the DMD acknowledging Mr. Nair’s association with the project.

Eligible applicants can obtain program guidelines and applications by calling the DMD office at 915-400-2294 or by going online.

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