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, October 30, 2015

8:30 – 9:30am
City Hall’s Council Chambers, 601 4th Ave E., Olympia, WA 98501

TOPIC: Safety and Security Tips

Always Safe and Lock
* Lock and key security
* Closed circuit cameras
* Employee accountability and tracking 
Olympia Police Department

* Personal safety
* Dealing with problem customers
and people in front of your store
* When and how to call OPD 
Olympia Fire Department

* Personal safety
* First aid basics
* When and how to call OFD

Please RSVP to Darlene at
by Thursday, October 29


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.