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The Nine Event Organizers Pitching Downtown Event Ideas January 14

Release Date: January 13, 2020

Media Contact: Karli McElroy
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9882



Downtown Event Organizers Need Public Support at Pitch Competition January 14

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Nine event organizers will be pitching their ideas for a downtown event at the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Start-Up Event Grant Pitch Night January 14.

Applicants to the Start-Up Event Grant and who will be pitching their ideas are:

  • Agency Swell
  • Ben Gateno
  • Downtown Neighborhood Association
  • Friends of the Farmers’ Market
  • Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust
  • Med City Arts Festival
  • Rochester THAW
  • ROCKchester
  • The Rotary Club of Rochester

The public is invited to attend and to vote for their favorite pitch, which will receive an additional $500 grant. A limited number of free Pitch Night tickets are available here.

A panel of judges consisting of Naura Anderson of Threshold Arts/Castle Community, Chris Fierst of Bar Buffalo/The Half Barrel, William Forsman of Café Steam, and guest judge John Sievers, local trombonist and previous Start-Up Grant recipient for Jazz Fest, will determine which pitches receive funding through the Start-Up Event Grant.

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About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.