Downtown Framingham, Inc. is an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the people and businesses of Downtown Framingham.

Learn how we execute our mission based on the four-point Main Street America Model and check out our 2017 Annual Report.

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MISSION

  • Apply the four tenets of the Main Streets America Model, to include economic vitality, promotion, design, and organization.   This is holistically demonstrated in our people-ready amenities and business-ready infrastructure.

  • Continuously catalyze growth in our walkable, urban core by implementing policies and plans that usher in a new era of community and economic development.  Outcomes include growing strong community relationships and delivering a memorable, positive sensory experience.

  • Fulfill the strategic merits of Transit-Oriented Development and Complete Streets policies, working directly with residents, government officials, and private stakeholders. 

 

> Economic Vitality

Downtown Framingham Business Coalition 

Downtown Framingham Business Coalition 

  • Downtown Framingham Business Coalition: build cross-collaborations and share resources for marketing, safety, and parking management.  Execute annual business climate survey and annual marketing survey.  

  • Provide paid promotions for our business members. 

  • Connect businesses to technical assistance provided by SCORE, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, MetroWest Legal Services and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

  • Host business-based events, including the Taste of Downtown Framingham, quarterly community strolls, Cafe Crawl & Architecture Tour, Boutique Blitz, Downtown Artisan Market, and many more.  

  • Connect prospective businesses with local property owners to find the perfect space for their business.

  • Facilitate the sign and facade program, assisting businesses with new, eye-catching signs and property owners with costly facade restoration. 

 

> Promotion

Summer Funder held at Skybokx 109 in Natick

  • Highlight achievements in business, arts, culture, faith-based missions, green/active space, design, and partnerships at the Annual Downtown Celebration.

  • Hold fundraising events outside of Framingham in the MetroWest and Greater Boston to demonstrate people-ready amenities and business-ready infrastructure.

  • Release the Downtown Digest 10 times per year, covering employment opportunities, business enhancements, facade improvements, and upcoming events.  

  • Grow our email listserv and social media base through results-driven partnerships and paid social media marketing.

  • Serve as a vendor at partner events throughout the year, reaching new audiences through in-person engagement.  

  • Recruit Downtown Ambassadors who enthusiastically promote our area and its amenities. 

  • Educate the public on the numerous evidence-based reasons to support our small businesses.  

 

> Design

380 Waverly Street and 16 South Street, sites of a potential community garden and bee farm

  • Partner with the Sudbury Valley Trustees, AmeriCorps and the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center to fundraise and create a new community garden and bee farm at 380 Waverly Street and 16 South Street that supports public art installations.

  • Enhance resources devoted to the Pratt Street Community Garden, including event-based activities.

  • Support the new pocket park behind Amazing Things Art Center.

  • Assess and promote place-making activities in the nine active spaces in our area, including music fests and porch fests.

  • Collaborate with the Departments of Public Works, Health, and Police to demonstrate a healthy, viable area that is safe for all residents, including sidewalk design, crosswalks, lighting infrastructure, and public cameras.

 

> Organization

Framingham State University students provide technical assistance through two group projects in their Business Writing Course. 

  • Gather together a 15-member Board of Directors comprised of non-profit leaders, local merchants, higher-education leaders, artists, and other executive professionals.

  • Partner with local technical assistance partners, including MetroWest Legal Services, SCORE, and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce to efficiently provide businesses assistance with marketing, legal services, financial literacy, and business plans.
  • Partner with local non-profits, including the Framingham History Center, Amazing Things Art Center, United Way of Tri-County, and Sudbury Valley Trustees to instill appreciation for our remarkable history while reinvigorating dedication to the present through place-making events and design opportunities.

  • Partner with MetroWest organizations to include MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Leadership MetroWest, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to both support our area through assessments and comparison while also linking and promoting our offerings throughout the Greater MetroWest.
  • Work collaboratively with Framingham Departments of Public Works, Police, Health, and Fire to ensure area needs are quickly met and both businesses and residents are fully supported.

  • Partner with institutions of higher learning, to include MassBay Community College and Framingham State University, to help facilitate community engagement and city planning opportunities for local students

 Indeed, Downtown Framingham has built a strong foundation to sustain vital community and economic growth!  

>  We are grateful for your continued support of our four-point, expansive mission, which ensures acquisition of materials, supplies, marketing, and staffing support.

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DECEMBER HALLMARK EVENTS

 

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!  Attendees receive year-long benefits, whether you're a citizen or business leader.

Downtown Artisan Market   Sunday, December 17 from 1 pm to 5 pm Come meet our local artisans and business leaders in the vibrant Springdale Beer room!  Your last-minute shopping will be fun with the surrounding games and art gallery by the Framingham Contemporary Artists Group!

Downtown Artisan Market   Sunday, December 17 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Come meet our local artisans and business leaders in the vibrant Springdale Beer room!  Your last-minute shopping will be fun with the surrounding games and art gallery by the Framingham Contemporary Artists Group!

Holiday Stroll  Friday, December 15    7 pm to 11 pm Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

Holiday Stroll  Friday, December 15    7 pm to 11 pm

Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

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