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Contribute to the Change in Bernardsville.

The involvement of our community is key to drive the success of revitalizing our downtown. Whether you are a resident, business owner, both, or involved in some other aspect of Bernardsville’s community, YOU can help.

Read on to choose which area best fits your interests and expertise. We welcome residents, property owners, business owners, workers, and any individuals directly connected to and interested in the future of Bernardsville. Complete the form below to join the team!

Promotion Committee

The Promotion Committee is in charge of selling a positive community image that encourages consumers and investors to live, work, and visit the downtown. The Promotion Committee is responsible for organizing and executing Downtown Bernardsville’s special events.

Projects completed annually by the Promotion Committee include:

  • Restaurant Week – Second and third weeks of January
  • Dad’s Day Dash 5K – Father’s Day every June (will be changed for 2020)
  • Downtown Trick or Treat – the Saturday before Halloween in October each year.
  • Small Business Saturday & Holiday Gift Guide Issue – Saturday after Thanksgiving
  • Holiday Cookie Crawl – Second Saturday in December
  • Holiday Parade – first Saturday in December each year.

Design Committee

The Design Committee’s purpose is to create an attractive, coordinated and quality image of the community by capitalizing on its unique assets and heritage. Its responsibilities do not lie solely with the improvement of traditional commercial buildings. It should be involved in all aspects of design that have an impact on the overall image of the downtown, including analyzing parking, developing a logo, coordinating window displays and acting as a design resource for property owners.

The Design Committee could work on a number of projects including but not limited to beautifying the downtown with public improvements (benches, planters, trash receptacles, bicycle racks), coordinate seasonal plantings in downtown streetscape planters, organize downtown streetscape of holiday décor, assist in the creation design guidelines and standards for downtown street and buildings.

The Committee’s members should include people who are qualified — either by profession or volunteer interest and experience — to supervise its projects, such as architects, landscapers, interior designers, graphic artists, sign painters, contractors, historic commission representatives, artists and citizens interested in good design. It might also include a downtown property owner and the city’s building inspector.

Community Alliance Committee

The Economic Restructuring Committee is charged with strengthening the existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. The ER Committee is working to develop a market strategy for the community that will result in an improved retail mix, a stronger tax base, increased investor confidence and a strong, stable role for the downtown as a major component of the community’s economic health.

Unlike “textbook” economic development, downtowns have an existing infrastructure and economy to work within. Economic Vitality strategies seek to capitalize on prior investments made by the private and public sectors in the downtown’s built environment, maximize space, and accommodate contemporary, market-driven uses and businesses.

Effective Economic Vitality initiatives for Main Street include strategies and actions for business retention, expansion and recruitment. Working with existing businesses to identify opportunities, grow and capture an increased market share is among the very best economic development strategies, and sets the stage for long-term business recruitment success.

Economic Vitality plans and strategies should consider the full range of uses that make for a vibrant downtown. Business development and clustering strategies must extend beyond retail and promote the many different types of commercial, civic, residential and recreational uses that are part of a healthy, sustainable and vibrant downtown community and economy.

The Economic Restructuring Committee could be composed of City Council members, officers of financial institutions, Realtor and Chamber of Commerce Board members or staff, as well as merchants, property owners, attorneys and business teachers.

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