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Re: “Does Downtown Raleigh Have Too Many Events?

Hi Jane-

Thank you so much for reaching out to us and contacting us for comment in response to our non-profit event, Brewgaloo.

Brewgaloo, organized by Shop Local Raleigh, a non-profit organization, is organized in an effort to help create awareness of local business, drive economic impact, support NC's craft beer community and celebrate talented local musicians all in one place. To date, the event has successfully been able to help numerous start-up businesses create brand recognition and awareness generating thousands of dollars in sales, created a shift in NC where brewers are paid in full for their product, positively impacted revenue in Raleigh's own downtown through increased foot traffic to local restaurants and shops, created additional revenue in parking fees, provides jobs, booked hotels in the area and been an positive attraction for events coming to the Raleigh Convention Center (just ask the teachers convention that booked their event the same weekend last year as Brewgaloo how much fun they had!). Brewgaloo is family friendly, open to the public and shows the diversity of our community in every way.

As a non-profit organization, we work with one staff member and a small committee that works tirelessly to bring this event to our community to help create hundreds of thousands of dollars for our local economy. We work very closely with our vendors, brewers, food trucks, bands, sponsors and community partners to collaborate for this event. We are very open to feedback and I myself will meet with anyone that has concerns, feedback or suggestions on the event. Last year not only did I meet with several people that attended the festival and had feedback but I also emailed and talked on the phone with numerous other people on how we could make the event better. To date, we not been contacted by anyone from the downtown CAC in reference to our event, nor have we been contacted from any neighborhood asking if we could chat on their concerns on Brewgaloo.

With Fayetteville St. being Raleigh's main epicenter for events and activities, I am in full support of events that create a positive spirit of community collaboration, drives positive economic growth and gives back to the community in which it's a part. Ray Price Bike Fest is organized every year by a for-profit company, but I love how every year they include the USO in countless ways and present a sizeable donation to them via the Bikefest event. We are not a group coming from out of state that only creates impact one weekend a year and then leaves until the next year. We are local businesses, non-profits, residents putting on these events and creating vibrancy for this city- something that we have all heard in days past was non-existent. We don't take lightly the honor to be able to bring Brewgaloo to the city of Raleigh, an event that draws people from over 35 states. With great pride and devotion to the people of Raleigh, Wake Co and small businesses, we present Brewgaloo, the state's largest NC Craft Beer Festival- we hope Raleigh will be as proud as we are to have the largest festival right here in our very own downtown.

With all these discussions, we need to have a sense of collaboration, partnership and willingness to compromise. I look forward to these types of positive conversation that include all parties involved.

Jennifer Martin
Executive Director
Shop Local Raleigh/Greater Raleigh Merchants Association
410 N. Boylan Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603 | ☎ 919.256.3640 | &
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Save the Date: BREWGALOO April 23, 2016!

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Posted by ShopLocJen on 04/13/2016 at 8:54 PM

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