The New Normal for Downtowns

By Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (other events)

Friday, March 31 2017 9:00 AM 1:00 PM

DVRPC’s roundtable series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with similar organizations facing the same concerns. Join us for a workshop with David Mildner, DANTH, Inc., who is nationally recognized for his expertise on the new normal for downtowns, the deliberate consumer, multichannel retailing and niche revitalization strategies. The workshop will feature presentations, a question and answer session as well as one-on-one discussions. This event is approved for 2.5 AICP CM credits.

Light lunch will be served

About David Mildner

N.  David Milder is a nationally recognized Downtown Revitalization Specialist. Currently the president of DANTH, INC, David has a results-driven approach to economic development and downtown revitalization.  David’s area of specialization include multichannel retailing, downtown trends analysis, downtown niche revitalization strategies and action plans, retail niche marketing programs, and creating downtown district organizations.  Prior to starting his own agency, he managed a state administrative unit and two special improvement districts.  David’s clients have included BIDs, EDCs, Main Street organizations, local governments and Federal agencies in over 13 states across the country.

In addition to his work with communities on downtown revitalization, he has authored several books on downtown security, niche revitalization strategies, and downtown business recruitment as well as many articles in the Downtown Idea Exchange, Urban Land, and Main Street News.

David has been the President of DANTH Inc., for the past 40 years. Prior he was the Director of the Institute of Urban Studies at UNC Charlotte and the Executive Director for the Ohio Cities Consortium.  David also taught at The Ohio State University, where he specialized in the politics of economic development.  


8:30 am – Coffee and Networking

9:00 am – Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am – What is the New Normal for Downtown?

10:00 am - Deep Dive on the Future Growth of Downtown Retail and Central Social Districts


  • What types of entertainment venues are appropriate for small downtowns?
  • What is the retail growth potential for small suburban downtowns?
  • Example of organic quality of life retail recruitment.
  • What are the challenges with traditional retail market research? What other tools are available?

11:45 am – Lunch and Dr. Downtown

Attendees will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with David on a specific issue. You must sign up for a Dr. Downtown session when registering for the workshop.

Please contact Karen Cilurso at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Mailing Address

190 N Independence Mall West 8th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19106