Posted: September 3, 2014 11:08 am
The Erie Downtown Partnership is saying goodbye to another great partner and supporter! Our Marketing Inter, Alex Bohman, is back to her coursework at Gannon University and staying focused on her senior year.
The Erie Downtown Partnership believes the experience gained in a true work environment is an important supplement to the classroom. As we work to teach our interns about community development, networking, public relations and basic business planning, we also introduce them to Downtown Erie. So, this year when asked to write a blog post with a unique perspective instead of the traditional “this is what I learned at my internship” paper, it is no surprise that this is what Alex came up with:
“Over the last year and a half, I have spent my time as the Marketing Assistant at the Erie Downtown Partnership. I have done a little bit of everything including social media monitoring, event planning, copy-writing, a little bit of design work, some photography and account management. I have learned more than I ever thought I possibly could about working in the promotions industry, being a professional and about myself. I couldn’t have wished for a better experience or to work with so many great people.Working with the EDP has helped me decide what I want my future to look like and how I plan on getting there. I can now say, I made the right decision with my choice of career because working here has shown me that I do truly love what I do.
More importantly, while working downtown I have learned a lot about the city I grew up in. I also learned about all there is to do here. Prior to working downtown my first thought was to go to upper Peach to dine, shop and play. It never occurred to me to head downtown. Now, downtown is the first place I think when choosing something to do.
I never knew all the things there are to do in Erie, especially in downtown. There are the typical things that come to mind, like restaurants and the beautiful bay front views but there are so many spots I never knew existed. Just from grabbing lunch alone, I learned about the Wave Café at the Art Museum where there is a grab and go menu full of delicious items you can enjoy while listening to music at the Mid-day Art Break on Wednesdays throughout the summer, not to mention free yoga classes on Fridays. I also learned that no matter what you are craving, whether it’s Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Italian or bar food, there is a place downtown where you can grab it, and it’s in walking distance from places where you can live, work and play!
Almost every night there is something going on in downtown too, with four professional sports teams and many locations for the arts, you are able to find an event to go to any day of the week. There are also many unique retail locations where you can find gifts for everyone or that are just fun to browse looking at the cool items and talking with the friendly staff.
After spending significant amount of time downtown, I began to realize that it’s a one-stop spot. I no longer had to rely on upper Peach for shopping, dining and entertainment. It is a great environment to be in, a lively city among gorgeously preserved historic locations with views of the bay; it is hard for me to imagine not wanting to spend time downtown. Being able to walk from one location to another, spending the entire day shopping, stopping for lunch or coffee, it’s an experience not a chore. All summer long there is outdoor concerts and fairs that are free to attend, and many establishments have live music once, if not multiple, times a week. Being able to love and appreciate the city I grew up in really has had a huge impact on me.
I never would have been able to say, I love Erie the way I do now if it wasn’t for the EDP. Of course I learned countless valuable lessons related to my career but to able to enjoy this city is something I can experience in all aspects of my life, not just in my professional one. I would like to thank everyone I have worked with over the past year and half for everything that they have taught me. It was a pleasure working with everyone and seeing how much has changed in that small amount of time alone. I am excited to see what is in store for downtown in the future and can’t wait to see what’s next.” – Alex Andrea Bohman