Downtown Academy

Downtown Academy

Downtown Academy

The Downtown Academy is a free education series open to everyone. Downtown Academies will be held on the fourth Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 am most months in 2015.

Upcoming Downtown Academy (dates and topics):

Friday, August 28, 2015
8:30 – 9:30am
Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E., Olympia, WA (Moved to new location for August academy only)

TOPIC: Downtown Strategy/Action Plan/Community Renewal Area

How do they work together?

What comes first?

What’s coming around the corner?

How does it affect me in downtown?

Speakers: Amy Buckler, Stacey Ray, Renee Sunde and Keith Stahley will give us an overview of how these three projects work together.

Please RSVP for the Downtown Academy to

Friday, September 25, 2015

8:30 – 9:30am
New Caldonia Building, 116 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

TOPIC: Downtown Parking Management

Friday, October 30, 2015

8:30 – 9:30am
New Caldonia Building, 116 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

TOPIC: Retail Focused Security and Shoplifting Tips

Friday, November 20, 2015

8:30 – 9:30am
New Caldonia Building, 116 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

TOPIC: Champions of Downtown

December: No Downtown Academy - holiday break

Friday, January 29, 2016
8:30 – 9:30am
New Caldonia Building, 116 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

TOPIC: Downtown Project Updates

Previous Downtown Academy topics:

  • Sidewalk – to end homelessness in Thurston County
  • Sell More, Spend Less
  • Social Media
  • Human Resources
  • Historic Downtown Olympia – Guidelines for Preserving and Restoring Commercial Properties
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CEPTED)
  • Coffee Talk
  • Fraud – Employee Theft and Embezzlement
  • How to Talk to People on the Street
  • Target Marketing – State Workers and Lakefair Attendees
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Initiative 1082 – Proposed Initiative for Privatization of Workman’s Compensation Insurance in Washington State
  • Workplace Safety
  • Small Business Resources
  • How to Benefit from Major Events
  • How to Handle Shoplifting and Unwanted Behavior
  • The Power of Email Marketing
  • Visual Merchandising Displays
  • The Preventable Dangers of Identity Theft and Fraud
  • Doing Business with the City of Olympia
  • PSE’s Energy Efficiency Programs and Services for Businesses
  • City of Olympia planning and updates on initiatives affecting downtown
  • How social media can work for your business
  • How to attract visitors
  • Revitalizing urban transit corridors
  • First Friday think tank
  • The economics of historic preservation and downtown revitalization
  • Guerilla marketing
  • Update on Intercity Transit news
  • Update on downtown projects
  • Tourism
  • Leadership
  • Cross-promotional partnership opportunities with the Hands On Children’s Museum
  • Safety and security
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Social media
  • Law enforcement efforts in downtown Olympia
  • From buddy to boss, five tips on employer/employee relations
  • Creating Artspace in Olympia
  • Maritime history
  • Secret Shopper
  • Law enforcement efforts in downtown Olympia – UPDATE
  • Customer service

Email the ODA to be added to our list to be notified of the next Downtown Academy. Email the ODA if you have suggestions for a topic for the Downtown Academy. Are you interested in volunteering for the ODA? Click here to view our volunteer opportunities.