Graham Copeland, the Principal of Downtown Dynamics, provides industry experience and a depth of knowledge as a practitioner in downtown district management and economic development. He collaborates with municipal leaders and community stakeholders to help them revitalize commercial districts and stimulate economic growth in their local communities.
Graham has led the transformation of a complex big city district and a suburban downtown Main Street program. He served as the Executive Director of Old City District, a downtown Business Improvement District in the renowned historic turned arts-technology-entertainment district in Center City Philadelphia. There he managed the BID’s planning, strategy, program development, implementa-tation and operations. He collaborated with a board of directors, government agencies and local businesses to deliver innovative downtown management programs.
Previously Graham was the Executive Director of Main Street Highland Park, a downtown BID located in Central New Jersey, where he led a downtown revitalization program through its early-stage growth.
He began his career in the brokerage and development of commercial real estate. Based on this private sector experience and market focus, he models downtown district management after retail center management, adapted to the unique needs of each commercial corridor.
Graham applies the National Main Street Center’s “Four Point Approach” to downtown revitalization projects where applicable. He received industry education at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, the New Jersey Downtown Revitalization Management Institute and the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute. Graham annually attends the International Downtown Association conference and maintains a large network of relationships with peer downtown district managers.