Downtown Forward

The City of Bowling Green, the Center for Regional Development (CRD), and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) are hosting a press conference to announce Downtown Forward, a collaborative initiative to enhance placemaking in downtown Bowling Green. The Downtown Forward partnership was formed after the City of Bowling Green was selected to participate in the Reimagining Rural Regions (R3) program with CRD.

The R3 program, launched in 2021, is an economic and workforce development-centered placemaking initiative that helps communities identify, enhance and build community assets to aid in talent attraction and retention. The program provides the capacity to communities to conduct public engagement to develop placemaking plans. Additionally, BGSU graduate and undergraduate students work with each community to help plan and implement projects to enhance and build more livable spaces.

Kickoff Event

Community members are invited to attend the kickoff event on Tuesday, September 6th at 4:00 pm in the Community Commons “alley”, located on the north side of the first block of East Wooster Street. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the lobby area of 217 S. Church St. (location of the BG Chamber and Economic Development).  Bowling Green Mayor Mike Aspacher and BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers will issue remarks during the event. Bowling Green Mayor Mike Aspacher will introduce the team he has appointed to spearhead this initiative during the event.  

The R3 program is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the USDA Rural Development Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC).

For questions or inquiries about Downtown Forward please email Martha Woelke.