About

The Olympia Downtown Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Mission:

To preserve, promote and enhance the downtown Olympia community.

Sylvester Park free Dash shuttle - click to enlarge image.Vision statement:

To nurture the growth of a thriving, vibrant downtown where an eclectic community will flourish with unique shopping options and educational opportunities. Where office spaces will be filled with workers who spend breaks and lunches in delightful coffee bars, restaurants and bistros offering delectable refreshments and foods. Where older historic buildings will be preserved and retrofitted with green improvements. Where cultural and entertainment options abound, with expressive theatre, enjoyable art venues and energetic clubs for dancing and socializing. Where market rate housing will shelter a diversity of residents, and minimize downtown’s carbon footprint by reducing trip miles. And over it all, where downtown patrons will feel a fulfilling sense of livability, sustainability and community.

Goals:

  • Establish and maintain a conduit of information and networking among all the members
  • Present a unified organization to work with the federal, state and local government to maximize the potential benefits that can be derived from cooperation
  • Solicit opinions and foster involvement with all persons interested in downtown Olympia
  • Promote downtown by managing and coordinating free events to draw attendees from the Olympia area, Thurston County and beyond
  • Coordinate a volunteer program to create opportunities for young and old to be involved in maintaining a vital downtown

Contact information:

Street Address:
Olympia Downtown Association
116 5th Ave SE, Suite F
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 357-8948
Fax: (360) 704-7548

Mailing Address:
Olympia Downtown Association
120 State Ave NE, P.M.B. #1031
Olympia, WA 98501-8212

Staff:

Connie LorenzExecutive Director1998 - December 2014clorenz@tss.net
Vida Zvirzdys-FarlerExecutive DirectorPresentoda@tss.net
Kim CombsEvent & Volunteer Coordinator2012 - Presentodaevent@tss.net
Carleigh ThorsonAdministrative Assistant2008 - Presentodaoffice@tss.net

Board of Directors & Officers 2014:

President: Jerry Farmer, 94.5 Roxy

Vice President:  Craig Holt, The Other Guys

Secretary:  Farra Vargas, Puget Sound Energy

Treasurer: Jennelle Riffe, Clark Nuber

Erica Cooper, Cooper Realty
Jerry Farmer, 94.5 ROXY
Jennie Foglia-Jones, Port of Olympia
Craig Holt, The Other Guys
Anne Larsen Matheson, Washington Center for Performing Arts
Garner Miller, MSGS Architects
Jennifer Miller, Friend of Downtown
Jane Offutt, Frost & Company
Kari Qvigstad, Department of Enterprise Services
Jennelle Riffe, Clark Nuber
Christopher Thornton, Precious Metalsmith
Farra Vargas, Puget Sound Energy
Dave Wasson, Batdorf & Bronson
Lynn Wofford, Heritage Bank

Main Street Committee Chairs 2014:

Design: Erica Cooper
Organization: Farra Vargas
Promotion: Jane Offutt
Economic Development: Kari Qvigstad
Safety: Jeffrey Trinin & Paul Seabert

Are you interested in volunteering for the ODA? Click here to view our volunteer opportunities.