Member Marketing Benefits
Utilize the tools we provide to market your business across various platforms.
E-News & Social Media Posts
Include your marketing content in our weekly public e-newsletter & on our Facebook/Instagram
Submit Marketing Content
Share your upcoming event or promotion on the event calendar located on our homepage
Submit Calendar Request
Add or update your business listing on our online directory
Website Directory Request
Advertise job opportunities at your business or organization for free on our website
Submit Job Post
Member-Only Advertising Opportunities
Looking for additional exposure and paid advertising opportunities with Walnut Creek Downtown? Learn more about our Website Ads Program & our co-op advertising opportunity with Diablo Magazine's A-List
Website Ads Program
New style, modern design, fresh content and bright colors along with 5,000 visitors per month make WalnutCreekDowntown.com the best place to show off your brand
Diablo Magazine's A-List
The A-List is a weekly digital newsletter that reaches over 22,000 opt-in subscribers. This shared ad space with WCD is a great way to highlight your upcoming events, sales or other promotional info
Downtown Construction Project 2023-2024
Several construction projects in the downtown are planned beginning in January 2023. Construction is expected to begin in January 2023 and end in June 2024. These projects will impact the roadway and may be noisy. These projects have been coordinated to immediately following one another in order to reduce the amount of time that the downtown will be impacted.
Downtown Construction Project Resumes with Central San Phase (October 16, 2023)
- Giammona Drive to Locust St. (South) to approximately Olympic Blvd., Bonanza & Cypress Streets (see map)
- October 16 through April 2024 beginning on Giammona Drive
- Daily work Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Holidays (No Work): October 27, November 10, November 23-24, December 25 - January 1, January 15, February 19
- Full block closures
Pipe Replacement Financing (optional) for Property Owners:
- Available through Central San if a property owner wants to replace their lateral lines from the business to the curb.
- FYI - eventually if a new business moves into a location within this construction zone & has to do TI's, they'll have to replace any old 4” pipes with the new standard 6” pipe
- Contact email@example.com or call (925) 229-7255
- Service interruption is not anticipated during the project
- The Contractor will provide 7-day and 2-day advanced notices for each site as they progress through the project
- Sidewalk access will be maintained at all times
- Traffic control in effect throughout project
- Signage will be posted that businesses remain open during construction
- Street sweeper every Friday afternoon to clean area for the weekend
For more information, visit Central San Project Website: https://www.centralsan.org/post/collection-system-renovation-projects
FOR BUSINESS WEBSITES
Downtown Walnut Creek businesses have been impacted by website compliance lawsuits. It's important for businesses to ensure that their websites are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant to provide equal access to people with disabilities and to minimize the risk of potential litigation. ADA compliance for websites is an evolving field, and it's essential to stay up-to-date with the latest guidelines and recommendations to ensure compliance.
To begin, the State of California follows the federal ADA guidelines when it comes to website accessibility for businesses: https://www.ada.gov/resources/web-guidance/
Below are a few “common sense” issues to consider as a starting point when reviewing your website:
- All media files and maps should have an “alt” tag
- All online forms should have descriptive html tags
- All hyperlinks should have a descriptive anchor text
- All pages on your website have “skip navigation” links (this one I don’t usually worry about as much)
- Video and audio content must have text captions
- Websites should keep the color contrast ratio at a level for visually impaired users
- Underlined text should lead to a link
There are plug-ins, software and services available to assist you with this process, which is an ever-changing challenge.
Please consult with your webmaster to review your current website. If you need additional assistance, feel free to contact the team at WebQuarry who offers assessments and a variety of solutions that provide various levels of protection.
City of Walnut Creek
OUTDOOR DINING PROGRAM
The City of Walnut Creek has launched it’s outdoor dining program. The program includes the following activations:
- PODS (Permitted Outdoor Dining Structures)
- Privately-Owned Patios
- Private Parking Lots
- Sidewalk Dining
Learn more and view FAQs below. For complete details, visit www.walnut-creek.org/outdoordining.
Board & Committee Meetings
Walnut Creek Downtown Association Board and Committee Meetings are open to the public. Our Board of Directors are responsible for the governance, direction, policies, budgets, and positions of Walnut Creek Downtown Association. Special committees and taskforces include: Wellness Alliance, Arts Alliance, Hospitality Alliance, and Ice Rink Committee. All WCDA members are encouraged to attend these meetings as a way to connect with business community and get involved with local business initiatives.
Connect With WCD Members
MEMBERS-ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP
Join our private group on Facebook, made exclusively for Members and Associate Members of our organization. We have created this group to better serve our local businesses by having a forum to communicate directly with each other and in a closed environment. With this communication page, we hope to facilitate a mutual sharing of ideas and improve engagement within our partnership with all of you. We encourage businesses to connect, collaborate, and support one another. Join today and feel free to invite your fellow WCD businesses.
Keeping Our Community Safe
The Walnut Creek Police Department has recently been exploring ways to connect with the business community to share information when crimes occur. Together, WCD and WCPD have created a Downtown Security Surveillance Program.
A Microsoft Teams group named "WCPD / Walnut Creek Downtown Association" has been created to share information (text, photos, and video) with downtown businesses, the Walnut Creek Downtown Association, and WCPD. Click below to learn more details & opt-into the program.
Business Education Videos
Good News! We have a new resource to assist you in helping you improve performance and grow your business. We've partnered with Pareto Labs an online business learning platform containing a wealth of video content to help business owners, entrepreneurs and non-MBAs learn practical business skills. These on-demand video modules are short (between 20 and 60 minutes) and are super engaging, breaking down complex topics so business owners and employees can use the knowledge immediately. Their lessons also feature leaders in Fortune 500 companies and founders of billion-dollar startups.
In partnership with Walnut Creek Downtown Association, Pareto Labs is offering a 14 day trial followed by a month of unlimited access for FREE (6 weeks total). Use promo code WALNUTCREEKDOWNTOWN at checkout.
City of Walnut Creek
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPT.
The economic vitality of the city’s business community is a valuable factor when businesses consider bringing their team to Walnut Creek. The diverse shopping, dining and services, particularly in the downtown district, are positive amenities appealing to new and existing owners, operators and their staff.
Walnut Creek’s Economic Development Department provides a snapshot of the Community, Shopping, Business & Industry profiles in their quarterly reports. Click here to view the department’s website and ED dashboard.
View the 2022 Q4 Data Dashboard
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