Salem’s Downtown Partnership, an organization of downtown businesses, has established a pool of money to support ideas by members that promote downtown events, projects and community atmosphere. Called the Good Idea Fund, the sole goal is to help energize Salem’s downtown district. It’s seed money for any concept that might have a positive impact on the downtown area.
Eric Kittleson, President of the Board of the Partnership, said, “The Good Idea Fund is a way to get downtown stakeholders involved in promotions and exciting events. The Partnership wants to get businesses energized, and one of our most important missions is to listen to everyone’s input, to be inclusive.”
The Downtown Partnership stresses collaboration in general, and includes this priority in projects it supports with the Good Idea Fund. “Ideas should benefit the downtown community rather than just one store,” Kittleson stressed, “even if it’s only one street.”